Inside story of Pixar’s success
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.