For the Love of Pixar's Q & A Session with Pixar Veteran Matthew Luhn

We recently had a Q & A sesh with veteran Pixar Animator and Story Artist Matthew Luhn. We talked about his work at Pixar, Toy Story, and of course, his favorite characters. See his answers to our questions below.

 Matthew Luhn teaching the art of story.

Matthew Luhn teaching the art of story.

(Q). You first joined Pixar when computer animation was in its infancy. What was that like?

(A). It was exciting. Every day we were discovering new tricks or techniques on how to bring our characters to life through a computer! It was all brand new.

(Q). Over the years you made the transition from Animator to Story Artist. It's obvious that somewhere along the way you discovered that storytelling was more than a hobby for you. For those having a difficult time pinpointing their passion, what are some indicators they should look for in the discovery phase?

(A). Follow your bliss! If you're doing a job you don't enjoy, then something needs to change. Ask yourself what you really want do, then follow it with all your heart.

(Q) Stories (especially those that are animated) go through a lot of rewrites as they are developed. Of the numerous Pixar film(s) you worked on, which one changed the most? And why?

 Toy Story 2, 1999.

Toy Story 2, 1999.

(A) Toy Story 2 went through the most changes because it started off as a direct to video movie. We storyboarded and restoryboarded Toy Story 2 at least 20 times. But in the end, we believe it turned out great.

(Q) The Pixar universe is full of characters we can relate to. Is there one particular character you identify with the most? Why?

(A) I would say I'm a blend between Marlin and WALL-E. I'm a dad, so I can identify with Marlin's overprotective personality. As for WALL-E's personality, I'm also a hopeless romantic at heart like him.

(Q) What person, place OR thing is inspiring you right now?

(A) The thing that is inspiring me the most right now, is how people and companies are using storytelling to make a positive impact on the world.

(Q) In August, For the Love of Pixar is hosting a workshop with you as the instructor. Who is this workshop for and what kind of things will they learn?

 Matthew Luhn teaching the art of story.

Matthew Luhn teaching the art of story.

(A) My workshop in August is for everyone who wants to learn how to craft stories that are memorable, impactful, and personal. From Disney/Pixar enthusiasts, to filmmakers and business people, anyone can benefit from this workshop. To sign-up, click here.

SAVE THE DATE: Story Workshop with Pixar Veteran Matthew Luhn Coming August 26th

For the Love of Pixar is proud to present STORYTELLING ESSENTIALS & BEYOND with PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS VETERAN ANIMATOR and STORY ARTIST MATTHEW LUHN.

For the Love of Pixar Workshop Matthew Luhn

SAVE THE DATE for Friday, August 26th! Filmmakers, writers, animators, entrepreneurs, communicators, and marketing professionals looking to learn how to better engage their audiences don't want to miss this rare opportunity with one of Pixar's most accomplished storytellers.

Matthew’s story credits include Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, Ratatouille and other films currently in development.

For a complete description of the workshop, click HERE. Registration opens next month on Thursday, July 7th! 

Finding Dory: Downloadable Wallpaper for iOS & Android Phones

Pixar's Finding Dory swims into theaters TODAY! To help you celebrate this whale of a tale, we formatted digital wallpaper with Dory, Hank, and others for your mobile phones. Downloads available for Samsung Galaxy S5 & S6, and iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and above here.

iPhone 5 & 5s Downloads here:

iPhone 6 & 6s Downloads here:

iPhone 6 & 6s Plus Downloads here:

Samsung Galaxy S5 Downloads here:

Samsung Galaxy S6 Downloads here:

Director Pete Docter Talks Monsters, Up, Inside Out and Filmmaking at Pixar

Have you ever wondered how Pixar makes their films? In this hour-long talk, Director Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up, Monsters, Inc) explains the extraordinary process filmmakers work through to make an idea come to life. Watch below.

Pete Docter is a film director, animator, screenwriter, and voice actor at Pixar Animation Studios. He contributed to the story and characters of Toy Story, Pixar's first full-length animated feature film, and served as the supervising animator for the film.

For the Love of Pixar: 'Inside Out' Fan Art Show - Event Recap

We knew from the moment we heard that Pixar film director Pete Docter was working on a film about emotions, that it was going to find a special place in our hearts. In fact, just days before we had even seen the movie, our team had already decided our next For the Love of Pixar fan art show needed the theme of 'Inside Out'. And so the eight month planning journey began...

  For the Love of Pixar Show Entrance.

For the Love of Pixar Show Entrance.

This year's show featured 200+ entries from 150 artists - including the work of 90+ children from Page Private School in Costa Mesa, CA, and Newbreak Playschool in San Diego. We also saw many international entries from artists in England, Spain, Mexico, the Philippines, and all over the US.

Below are several photos from our show - including some from photographers Lisa Diaz (her Instagram profile here) and Jaron Apalategui. Our sincere thanks to them for helping us document the details of the day.  

  For the Love of Pixar: Sweet! Emotions. Selfie Booth. Photo taken by Jaron Apalategui.

For the Love of Pixar: Sweet! Emotions. Selfie Booth. Photo taken by Jaron Apalategui.

With the help of 725 or so guests who stopped by between February 26-27, our volunteers, our partners (Newbreak Church, Tap Lighting, Print Post), the bands (Nations, Mason James McDonough, the Witty Banters), and artists, we were able to raise nearly $1,800 for the following three organizations: Krochet Kids, intl., Give Clean Water and Ocean Beach Elementary School.

  Give Clean Water info and merch booth. Photo taken by Jaron Apalategui.

Give Clean Water info and merch booth. Photo taken by Jaron Apalategui.

  'Inside Out' Headquarters. Photo taken by Lisa Diaz.

'Inside Out' Headquarters. Photo taken by Lisa Diaz.

  Bing Bong's Rocket. Photo taken by Lisa Diaz.

Bing Bong's Rocket. Photo taken by Lisa Diaz.

  Imaginary Friends Wall. Photo taken by Roberto Comparan

Imaginary Friends Wall. Photo taken by Roberto Comparan

  Art by Daniel Davis, Benson Shum, and Crystal Dawn Godat (clockwise).

Art by Daniel Davis, Benson Shum, and Crystal Dawn Godat (clockwise).

  Art by students at Newbreak Playschool. Photo taken by Lisa Diaz.

Art by students at Newbreak Playschool. Photo taken by Lisa Diaz.

Thank you to everyone who supported us and continues to get behind this crazy project! We really could not have done it with out you. 

Artists showcased in 2016 are listed here in no particular order: Morghan Gill, Roberto Comparan, Ryan Manda, Marilyn Ortega, Anthony Helmer, Crystal Kepke, Zard Apuya, Crystal Dawn Godat, Christina Jose, Daniel Arnold, Danamarie Hosler, Whitney Weber, Nate Kelly, Daniel Davis, John Attis, Elena Soto, Brittany Wolfe, Gica Tam, Joshua Otero, Rod Johnson, Lizette Guzman, Jesse Harbour, Brook Hampton, Jordan Latham, JJ Barrows, Verónica Casas, Benson Shum, Michelle Moricca, Dots, Nicole Gary, Barbara Kalustian, Jen Fine, Russell Richards, Caitlin Boring, Jennette Slade, Nathalie Moore, Yann Lee, Kaitlin Fleming, Jeremy Wilson, Josseline Tanus, Brady Gutierrez, Elizabeth Wheeler, Jenna Moore, Christian Calle, Luz Lopez, Ricky Le-Nguyen, Rosie Wertz, Mary Cox, Audrey Hooper, Tyler Fine, Evan Fine, Everen Maxwell, Christian Graves, Boston Clark, Newbreak Playschool, and Page Private School.

The Gallery Is Now Open: February 26-27

After prepping the venue on Monday, we finally started putting artwork up on Tuesday for our Pixar 'Inside Out' inspired show this Friday, February 26 (opening reception) and Saturday, February 27th.

For the Love of Pixar Art Show Inside Out

Seen here are just some of the 200+ entries from over 150 artists being featured (including work from at least 90 children as well as work from artists in Spain, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, England and all over the US).

A BIG THANKS to everyone who worked so hard to make our second show possible!! ‪Come see it for yourself. The gallery IS NOW OPEN! Get all the event details by clicking here!

Official Event Poster: For the Love of Pixar Presents an 'Inside Out' Inspired Art Show

Here's the official event poster for our 'Inside Out' inspired fan art show arriving Feb. 26-27, 2016. If you wish to contribute artwork for charity or would like to join an event team, make sure to get the details on the artwork entry form here or volunteer form here. It's not too late. 

For the Love of Pixar Inside Out

Don't forget to tell your friends! Event will benefit Krochet Kids intl., Give Clean Water, and Ocean Beach Elementary.