There are few emotional journeys greater than the ones we’ve taken while watching Pixar movies. On this special evening, we talk about storytelling and craft with award-winning screenwriter and director Andrew Stanton, one of the driving voices behind beloved Pixar films such as Finding Nemo, WALL•E, Monsters, Inc., and the Toy Story franchise, including the latest film, Toy Story 4.
Moderated by Alex Metcalf (Sharp Objects, Mindhunter).
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About the Panelist
ANDREW STANTON (Screenplay by/Executive Producer) has been a major creative force at Pixar Animation Studios since 1990, when he became the second animator and ninth employee to join the company’s elite group of computer animation pioneers. As vice president, creative, he oversees all shorts and feature projects at the studio. Stanton wrote and directed the Academy Award®-winning feature film WALL•E, for which he also received a best original screenplay Oscar®-nomination. In 2016, Stanton directed Disney and Pixar’s Finding Dory, which, upon release, became the highest-grossing domestic animated feature of all time.
Stanton made his directorial debut with the record-shattering Finding Nemo, an original story of his that he also co-wrote. The film garnered Stanton two Academy Award® nominations (best original screenplay and best animated film), and Finding Nemo was awarded an Oscar® for best animated feature Film of 2003, the first such honor Pixar Animation Studios received for a full-length feature film.
One of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar® nomination in 1996 for his contribution to Toy Story, Stanton went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on every subsequent Pixar film – A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. Additionally, he served as co-director on A Bug’s Life, and was the executive producer of Monsters, Inc., and Monsters University, and Academy Award®-winning films Ratatouille and Brave.
In addition to his multi-award winning animation work, Stanton made his live-action writing and directorial debut with Disney’s John Carter, released in March 2012.
A native of Rockport, Mass., Stanton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in character animation from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), where he completed two student films. In the 1980s, he launched his professional career in Los Angeles, animating for Bill Kroyer’s Kroyer Films studio, and writing for Ralph Bakshi’s production of Mighty Mouse, The New Adventures (1987).
About the Moderator
Alex Metcalf grew up in Washington DC. A graduate of NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program, Alex has worked in Film and Television most of his adult life, with a long foray into starting and running an LAUSD Charter School. Television work includes writing/producing on shows such as Sharp Objects (HBO), UnReal (Lifetime), Kingdom (DirectTV), Mindhunter (Netflix) and Gillian Flynn’s Utopia (Amazon). Currently, he developed and Executive Produced Showtime/Blumhouse’s The Loudest Voice. Feature Credits include God’s Pocket and An American Affair. He has two children but, sadly, no cat.