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    Women of Pixar Panel!

    Updates from this panel will be posted soon!

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Robin Chandler, VP of worldwide publicity for Pixar, takes the stage to begin the presentation.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Robin Chandler, Vice President of Worldwide Publicity at Pixar opens the panel. On the panel is Bret Parker (animator), Galyn Susman (producer), Mary Alice Drumm (producer), Lindsey Collins (producer), and Mary Coleman (development executive).

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Joining us on stage is Bret Parker (animator), Galyn Susman (Producer), Mary Alice Drumm (Producer), Lindsey Collins (Producer), and Mary Coleman (Development Executive).

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Parker says she started at Pixar as a temp production assistant. She stayed late to learn more about their software and worked her way up in the company. Her self made reel was reviewed by Pete Docter.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Susman started at Apple working on the first color Macintosh. When Pixar decided to do color computer animation, John Lasseter invited her to apply to work at Pixar.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Drumm started at Warner Brothers, but also worked at Disney before moving over to Pixar. Her first interview was with Katherine Sarafian. She was hired after 24 interviews before being hired at pixar.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Collins graduated college and went to Disney animation for work and was hired as a PA on Pocahontas. After, she was promoted to work with background painters. After seeing Toy Story, she was blown away and was moved to apply at Pixar.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Coleman compares her journey to Pixar to Mike Wasowski in Monsters U. She was always trained in theater, her whole life, but was never a natural in that field. Rob Cool at Pixar recruited her to work there. She had 17 interviews, the final one with Lasseter.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Coleman believes that there is a lack of women in the field of animation because, for generations, women were not encouraged to pursue art, whereas boys were heavily influenced by comic books and cartoon shows.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Collins says "there is something about women's ability to multitask". While she says it's a "gross generalization", there is something to the way that women can work.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Drumm says the hardest projects she has had have taught her the most. Watching teams of people face difficult situations has inspired her.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Galyn says you need perseverance and tenacity to make it in animation (as a man or women!). It's not about whether or not you can draw, a company like Pixar needs a very diverse group of workers to function. She says your skills, no matter what they are, are needed in the field of animation.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Parker says that mentorship helped her become an animator. Animation is so collaborative, it is always necessary to ask for critique and ongoing mentorship from your peers.

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    Re: Women of Pixar Panel!

    Coleman says that Inside Out is fascinating because it takes place inside the mind of a young girl. A lot of tween psychology research was used for the film.

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