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Friday, October 14 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Research and Development at Disney and Pixar Animation Studios: Collaboration and Immersion

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The development process at Disney and Pixar is unique in the industry and has led to award-winning films like Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Zootopia and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Inside Out. Creative development team members Bryan Davidson and Erika Schmidt will share insights on how research and development help create believable worlds, engaging characters, and compelling stories.

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Bryan J Davidson

Creative Executive for Walt Disney Animation Studios
Bryan Davidson is a Los Angeles-based playwright and animation executive. As a Senior Creative Executive for Walt Disney Animation Studios, he has worked on films including Wreck-it Ralph, Zootopia and the upcoming short film Inner Workings. As a playwright, his work has been seen at the Geffen Playhouse, Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and multiple other venues.
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Erika Schmidt

Creative Development Associate Pixar Animation Studios
Erika Schmidt is a Creative Development Associate at Pixar Animation Studios, where she works with directors in the earliest phases of their filmmaking process, conducting research to help deepen the worlds of their stories. She also supports the process of matching writers with Pixar’s directors. Erika also has a history as a theatre artist and writer in Chicago. Her short story, “Story About a Family,” won the... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

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