Self Examination: Pixar's Adventures in Stop Motion

Nathan Fariss


Self is the story of a wooden doll who desperately wants to fit in and makes an ill-fated wish upon a star, sparking a journey of self discovery, leading her down a harmful path, and challenging her perspective of both who she is and where she belongs. It is also the most recent of Pixar's SparkShorts, and represented a number of firsts for Pixar: The first use of stop motion animation, the first collaboration with another studio, and the first use of a live-action visual effects workflow in Pixar's animation-centric pipeline. These presented some unique challenges and required us to restructure much of how we work in order to incorporate physical puppet fabrication and stop motion animation.

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