Andrew Stanton: “How to Tell Stories”

March 5, 2012, 15:30 lecture

On March 5th, as part of the Big Game series, Digital October hosted a master class, “How to Tell Stories,” by Andrew Stanton, an Oscar winning American film director, and animator.


Andrew Stanton is an American film director, animator, and screenwriter. He was the man who came up with WALL-E, Nemo, and the turtle Crush, and who gave the world “Monster’s, Inc.” and “Ratatouille.”

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts in the early 1980s, Andrew began to climb the career ladder at Bill Kroyer’s company, Kroyer Films. In 1987, he wrote scripts for episodes of the animated series, “Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures,” directed by Ralph Bakshi. In 1990, he went to work at Pixar, and in 1996 was one of four screenwriters nominated for an Oscar for work on the film “Toy Story.” In 2003, Stanton made his directorial debut with the animated film, “Finding Nemo,” which he also co-wrote. The film was nominated for Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Animated Film, winning the latter. The film was the first full-length Disney/Pixar project, so this was a special honor.

In 2009, “WALL-E” was nominated for Oscars in the same categories, and Stanton received a second gold statuette for Best Animated Film. “WALL-E” was recognized not only by American film academies, but also by critics around the world––the animated film collected all the major awards that year.

Today, Stanton is one of Pixar Animation Studios’ most valuable employees. He serves as vice president of the company and oversees work on all of the studio’s full-length and short film projects.

In his master class, Stanton discussed the future of animation, the work of a producer in the animation field, and how to create a story that will captivate the world.


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