A high honor has been granted to Pixar’s Adrian Molina – co-director of the 2017 release, Coco – as he was named one of the top 10 animators to watch in 2016 according to Variety. Among the other praised artists, the article notes that Adrian was so inspired by Director, Lee Unkrich’s project that he pitched additional ideas and thoughts. Lee stated, “The more we talked, the more we realized our thoughts of how the story should be told were totally in sync.” The rest is, as they say, history and Unkrich named Molina co-director of the film.
Adrian was also quoted as saying that he found his love of storyboarding while in school, “My interests and my skill set lent themselves to storyboarding,” says Molina. “I enjoyed the design challenge and acting opportunity in animation, but I don’t think I excelled at it.”
Be sure to check out the rest of the top 10 animators named to the list and be sure to follow Adrian on Twitter as well as chat about Adrian in the Pixar Post Forum (where users have been sharing some videos of Adrian’s early work).