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Veteran Pixar head of editing Bill Kinder (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) explains how the studio’s editorial department was more like the “hub of the wheel” which connected multiple departments throughout the production of its animated features.
The medium of animation is little understood by laymen or even live-action filmmakers. What’s more, Pixar has developed its own playbook that differs from other animation studios. At their world headquarters in Emeryville, California, editors are collaborators from the first day of production—active contributors to the serpentine process of developing a solid story, not workers who are “batting cleanup” at the end of an assembly line. It helps to explain why Pixar movies are so good.
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