A Glimpse into the Making of Monsters University

After attending the Monsters University two-day press event and getting a behind-the-scenes look at the process of making this hilarious and heartfelt feature film, I thought that our readers would enjoy a sneak peek as well.

Below are photos that were shared with us from Pixar, highlighting a small snippet of the process of making a Pixar film. Keep in mind that these photos only scratch the surface of the amount of hard work and talented individuals that are behind each Pixar film as only a few Pixarians are shown in the photos. The Monsters University team was comprised of a couple hundred Pixarians and every single person played an integral role in the making of this film.

Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar Animation Studios

Director Dan Scanlon with artist Paul Abadilla during an Art Review on September 1, 2011 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. 

Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar Animation Studios

Director Dan Scanlon with graphic artist Cassandra Smolcic and Production Designer Ricky Nierva during an Art Review on September 1, 2011 at Pixar. 

Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar Animation Studios

A Monsters University story review, including art feedback from (left) Production Designer, Ricky Nierva - Head of Story, Kelsey Mann - Story Artist, Stanley Moore - Art Director, Dice Tsutsumi and Sets Art Director, Robert Kondo, as seen on July 11, 2012 at Pixar. 

During the Monsters University press event it was interesting to how much they stressed the importance of collaboration between the different departments to achieve a cohesiveness throughout the look and flow of the film. 

Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar Animation Studios

Director Dan Scanlon and Dice Tsutsumi discuss the colorscripts during a Monsters University art review on September 12, 2012 at Pixar. 

Did you know that the colorscript of the film is followed by each department working on the film? During the press event I was lucky enough to discuss the colorscript with Sets Art Director, Robert Kondo who explained that the colorscript sets the lighting, emotion and overall color tone of the entire film. You can listen to our interview with Robert Kondo on our Pixar Post Podcast Episode 011.

Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar Animation Studios

Director and Producer check-in with (left to right) Supervising Technical Director, Sanjay Bakshi - Director, Dan Scanlon - Associate Producer, Nicole Grindle - Producer, Kori Rae and Production Manager, David Park, as seen on October 8, 2012 at Pixar. 

Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar Animation Studios

Director Dan Scanlon, as seen having a quick drive-by meeting with Script Supervisor, Amanda Jones and Producer, Kori Rae in the atrium on October 8, 2012 at Pixar.

We can't wait to learn more behind-the-scenes information and are looking forward to the release of The Art of Monsters University for more sneak peeks!

Related Posts
- Day One: Monsters University Press Event
- Day Two: Monsters University Press Event
- Monsters University Advanced Screening Review
- Custom Monsters University letterman sweatshirt and OOZMA KAPPA t-shirt

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