A Glimpse into the Making of Monsters University

Dan Scanlon and Paul Abadilla Making of Monsters University
Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar Animation Studios

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.

The lead image on this post is a photo of Director Dan Scanlon with artist Paul Abadilla during an Art Review on September 1, 2011, at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California.

The first image below features director Dan Scanlon with graphic artist Cassandra Smolcic and Production Designer Ricky Nierva during an Art Review on September 1, 2011, at Pixar.

The image directly above features a 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 how much they stressed the importance of collaboration between the different departments to achieve cohesiveness throughout the look and flow of the film. 

Monsters University colorscript review with Dice Tsutsumi
Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar Animation Studios

In the photo above, Director Dan Scanlon and Dice Tsutsumi discuss the color scripts during a Monsters University art review on September 12, 2012, at Pixar. 

Did you know that the color script of the film is followed by each department working on the film? During the press event, I was lucky enough to discuss the color script with Sets Art Director, Robert Kondo who explained that the color script 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.

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

The lower image shows a quick drive-by meeting with Dan Scanlon (center) and Kori Rae (right) with Amanda Jones (Script Supervisor) 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!

Comments 4
  1. BLOWN AWAY! One of the more sincere and thoughtful intros of a post on Pixar employees. This site is top notch!

  2. Thank you so much! Julie really took her time in crafting that introductory paragraph to make sure that she paid respect to all of the hard work that takes part on these films (across all departments big and small). Without the entire team working together in tandem, the entire project can suffer so it was important to mirror this collaboration in our text. – Thank you again! Pixar Post – T.J.

  3. This post not only shows some great photos but I really enjoyed how you incorporated those who are not pictured. Your site site shows class and appreciation for everyone involved with a Pixar film – not just the director and voice actors as many other sites only focus on them. You guys are doing an incredible job and show a lot of dedication with your content. Keep up the AMAZING work!

  4. Wow, wow, wow – thank you for such a great comment Craig! Julie and I really do understand that these movies are created by an entire team and although I know that other sites know this as well, I think that almost all of the outward interviews and attention is placed on the key players that you mentioned and so the message gets carried forward in that manner as well. Thank you again for the fantastic comment – we'll be sure to keep doing our best to pay respect to all of those involved in the process! Pixar Post – T.J.

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