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Friday, October 27 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Research and Development at Disney and Pixar Animation Studios: Collaboration and Immersion

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The development process at Disney and Pixar is unique in the industry and has led to critically-acclaimed and award-winning films like Disney's Moana and Zootopia and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Inside Out. Creative development team members Jessica Julius, Emily Mollenkopf, and Erika Schmidt will share insights on how research and development help create believable worlds, engaging characters, and compelling stories.

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Jessica Julius

Director, Creative Affairs at Walt Disney Animation Studios
Jessica Julius is a Director of Creative Affairs at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She has over 12 years experience in film development and production, most recently on Disney’s 2017 film releases Moana (nominated for two Academy Awards®) and the Oscar-winning Zootopia. She has worked on the Academy... Read More →
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Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive, Pixar Animation Studios
Emily Mollenkopf is the Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. Emily joined Pixar in 2011 on Pixar’s first TV special; Toy Story of TERROR! She began her career at G4TV producing video game-centric television for X-Play and Attack of the Show. As Development Executive at Pixar Emily matches directors with screenwriters and helps them craft their stories and deepen the worlds of their films. She is currently working on projects scheduled for release in 2019 and beyond. Emily holds an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and an MFA in producing from... Read More →
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Erika Schmidt

Creative Development Associate, Pixar Animation Studios
Erika Schmidt is a Creative Development Associate at Pixar Animation Studios, where she works with directors in the earliest phases of their filmmaking process, conducting research to help deepen the worlds of their stories. She also supports the process of matching writers with Pixar’s directors. Erika also has a history as a theatre artist and writer in Chicago. Her short story, “Story About a Family,” won the 2013 Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction. You can see her fiction and essays at... Read More →

Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

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