In­side story of Pixar’s suc­cess

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - Ju­lian Wright

JONAS Rivera has worked his way up through the ranks of Pixar, from wide-eyed in­tern to Academy award-nom­i­nated pro­ducer of Up.

He marks his 20th year at the an­i­mated stu­dio with the re­lease of his sec­ond pro­duced film In­side Out, about emo­tions Joy, Sad­ness, Anger, Dis­gust and Fear in 11-year-old Ri­ley’s brain.

Speak­ing to Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group at the end of his day at the of­fice, Rivera de­scribed the time his jaw dropped when he first saw footage of Toy Story in 1995 as part of the Pixar team.

“I grew up want­ing to work for Dis­ney; I wanted to be an an­i­ma­tor but I was not artis­tic,” he said.

“I looked into in­tern­ships and I had seen Pixar’s short films, called the stu­dio and in a panic they said, ‘can you come in to­mor­row? We need help’.

“The first thing they showed me was the army scene with the sol­diers on the stairs and my jaw hit the floor, I was al­most in tears.”

Hav­ing worked on Toy Story 2, Cars, Mon­sters Inc. and Up in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties, he said an equal amount of re­search goes into ev­ery film.

And while Rivera and his col­leagues spend their work life cre­at­ing fun sto­ries for chil­dren, it was not al­ways fun and games at the of­fice.

“Work­ing at Pixar isn’t scooter rides and high fives, it isn’t al­ways easy,” he said. “It is hard but I never dread com­ing to work.

“Pixar is cool, it is an open place where we are able to cri­tique and make things bet­ter.”

As for the emo­tion that best summed up Rivera’s day?

“To­day it would have to be joy, to be hon­est,” he said. “We are on the eve of the film com­ing out; this has been five years of my life.”

In­side Out is in cine­mas now.

Pro­ducer Jonas Rivera has worked his way up through the ranks of Pixar.

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