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Friday, October 25 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Writing and Creative Development at Pixar

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Pixar Animation Studios has a story development process that is unique in the industry. In this panel, Toy Story 4 writer Stephany Folsom and Story Supervisor Valerie LaPointe will join Mike Jones, who has written for several Pixar movies, in describing the intensely collaborative way writers work with directors and story artists. Development Executives Mary Coleman and Megan Alderson will walk you through how Pixar scouts writers, matches them with directors, then supports them in creating engaging characters, believable worlds, and compelling stories.

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Mary Coleman

Head of Creative Development, Pixar Animation Studios
Mary Coleman is the Senior Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. She joined Pixar in 1999 to create the Development department. Coleman was recruited from San Francisco’s Magic Theater because Pixar recognized that her work developing world premiers of new plays would... Read More →
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Stephany Folsom

writer Star Wars Resistance, Toy Story 4; writer/consulting producer Lord of the Rings (2019); writer/executive producer Paper Girls
Stephany Folsom traveled the world producing short-form docs before her script 1969 A SPACE ODYSSEY: OR HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOON made the 2013 Black List and Hit List. Since then, she's worked on Marvel's THOR: RAGNAROK, wrote on Lucasfilm's STAR WARS... Read More →
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Megan Alderson

Pixar Creative Development Associate
Since joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2013, Megan Alderson has worked on a number of films including Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, and Coco. She got her start in animation production at DreamWorks, and previously worked as a documentary and commercial editor in New... Read More →
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Mike Jones

Senior Story and Creative Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; writer Soul (2020)
Mike Jones is the Senior Story and Creative Artist at Pixar Animation Studios. He is currently writing Soul for director Pete Docter.Born and raised in South Texas, Jones graduated from NYU. Before Pixar, Jones was a working screenwriter for over 20 years. He now works with Pixar’s... Read More →
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Valerie LaPointe

Story supervisor Toy Story 4; director Lamp Life
Valerie LaPointe began at Pixar Animation Studios as a story intern the summer of 2006. She was a story artist on shorts including “Presto” and “Partysaurous Rex,” on several “Mater’s Tall Tales,” on the Toy Story Toon, “Small Fry,” and the TV special “Toy Story... Read More →

Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701