Posted on Jul 3, 2011 in Entertainment, Find things, Other stuff
Is it possible to visit the Pixar studio and see behind the scenes?
Pixar, like the majority of active studios, does not offer tours to the general public. In fact, they say as much on their website:
Can the public tour the Pixar facility?
Due to production demands and confidentiality issues, we are a closed studio and do not offer tours.
However, that doesn’t mean there’s absolutely no chance for you to get in the door at their studio in Emeryville, California — just across the bay from San Francisco. It just means it will take some work, some ingenuity… and maybe some cash.
Family & friends: If you have a family member or friend who works at the studio, you can always ask them for a look-see… or at least find out if you can tag along for a friends and family day or a screening.
Buy tickets for a charity event: With pretty much every new movie release, Pixar has offered VIP tour tickets, with all proceeds benefiting charity. Attendees at a June 2011 event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) were treated to a black tie dinner, silent and live auctions, screening of Cars 2, an exclusive tour of Pixar Animation Studios and a dessert reception. (Tickets were $1000 each.) Other tour opportunities have also been posted on CharityBuzz.com in the past.
Jobs: Like all companies, Pixar interviews and hires people — and you don’t have to be a superstar animator with a resume to die for to apply, either. On their jobs page, they offer opportunities for professionals as well as recent grads — and there are some internships available, too.
Press: If you’re a journalist, and cover family-friendly movies as part of your job, you might be invited to visit the studio when they’re promoting a new film or a DVD/Blu-Ray release. That’s how I was able to take a tour and learn the behind-the-scenes scoop about the movie Up. Here are a few photos I took during that adventure:
(To see more inside views, check out Rotten Tomatoes’ Pixar pictorial, or Empire Magazine’s video tour.)
So, yes, I got to visit Pixar — and did it live up to the hype? For someone who has found Nemo a thousand times, made birthday cakes featuring the cast of Toy Story, and can recite every line of Monsters, Inc from memory, that would be a yes.
But you don’t have to be a Pixar junkie to feel the magic. After visiting the studio — and getting to talk to the writers, animators and producers — it’s easy to see how they are able to consistently produce imaginative, detailed, high-quality movies.
Like everyone I’ve talked to who has toured the California facility, I came away from my visit knowing that Pixar would be an incredible place to work. Sadly, I was blessed with the artistic skills of a spectacularly untalented three-year-old, and I stand a better chance of spontaneously sprouting wings than I do of finding employment as an animator.
… because The Claw chooses who will go and who will stay. And just maybe, you can get The Claw on your side, and you will be chosen to step behind the velvet rope at one of the most creative animation studios on this planet.
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