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Episode 17: Interview with Pixar’s Chris Horne

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Morgan and Mason interview Chris Horne, a technical director at Pixar! They talk about Chris’s journey to Pixar; his work on BraveFinding Nemo 3D and other films; and his advice for aspiring animation students.


  • Thoughts on the hilarious stop-motion shorts, Creature Comforts
  • Interview: Pixar’s Chris Horne
  • Chris’s background: how he got interested in animation, Pixar, the college years
  • What’s the process of getting hired by a big studio like Pixar?
  • Chris on being a Pixar fanboy working for Pixar.
  • About the lighting, rendering and Lightspeed departments
  • What do the lighting and rendering departments actually do?
  • Chris talks about crazy and hilarious software glitches, bloopers and malfunctions!
  • New animation software: Presto
  • Lighting an animated shot: balancing realism vs. cartoony
  • What part of Brave he worked on: the hardest scene Pixar’s ever done, cake cauldron scene,
  • Hair simulation
  • Every character has its own posse of lights
  • How big is the team that worked on the 3D conversion of Finding Nemo 3D?
  • What is “bit rot”?
  • Must see 3D movies: Avatar and Finding Nemo 3D
  • Nerdy questions: pizza planet truck, the witch’s inspired by Zelda?, who would win in a fight: King Fergus or Stoick the Vast?
  • What is Chris working on now? What’s the deal with Finding Nemo 2?
  • Where he wants to go from here/career goals
  • How important is a demo reel? Advice for animation students

Runtime: 1:08:01, 32.7 MB

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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.