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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 OF TERROR!” LaPointe also worked on Academy Award®-winning feature films “Brave” and “Inside Out,” as well as “The Good Dinosaur.”

As story supervisor on Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” LaPointe oversaw a team of story artists. She also contributed story ideas and helped with the writing and development of the film. Her most recent role is as director on the short, “Lamp Life,” featuring the character Bo Peep from the “Toy Story” films. “Lamp Life” will premiere on Disney+.

Raised in Virginia Beach, Va., LaPointe received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art and animation from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She attended graduate school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she received her Master of Fine Arts in animation. At USC, LaPointe produced and directed her own short films. She also worked on music video projects and commercials, mostly doing stop-motion animation for Partizan Entertainment before coming to Pixar.

She resides in Oakland, Calif.

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