Pete Docter

“For someone fascinated by animation but unsure how to proceed, the future can seem daunting and scary. Where’s a potential animator to turn? Why, to other unsure, daunted animators, of course! The Animator Letters Project allows experienced artists to write about how they got their start, as well as about what they find important in their field — and in life.”

PETE DOCTER

CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER AT PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, AND DIRECTOR OF INSIDE OUT, UP AND MONSTERS, INC.

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Brenda Chapman

“For a young person contemplating how to land the coveted “dream job,” the road to the future can seem bleak, long and downright scary. That’s one of the many reasons mentors are so important. An experienced voice of reason can make all the difference in helping someone get a start in an industry, which is why I am such a fan of The Animator Letters Project.”

BRENDA CHAPMAN

DIRECTOR OF COME AWAY, PIXAR’S BRAVE AND THE PRINCE OF EGYPT

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Byron Howard

“Ever feel like you’re alone and the path to your creative dream seems confusing and nearly impossible? We’ve all been there. Animation is one of the world’s most rewarding creative professions, combining art, acting, design, music and storytelling. But how do you get in? And once you’re there, how do you keep the creativity going? The Animator Letters Project gives you a direct line into the personal experiences of your fellow animators and storytellers. It’s a great resource not only for animators but also for any individual who is determined to live a creative life.”

BYRON HOWARD

DIRECTOR OF ZOOTOPIA, TANGLED & BOLT AT WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS

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