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Go Behind the Scenes at Pixar January 7th

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Pixar’s in-house documentary Team to speak at Upcoming Silicon Valley Video Production MeetUp January 7th

For over a decade, Pixar's in-house documentary crew has been telling the story of how the studio's films are made. Documentary Directors Tony Kaplan and Erica Milsom, working with their stellar team, have captured over 1200 hours of footage with artists, animators, directors, voice actors, cooks, coordinators and composers on every film Pixar's ever made. Photo Editor / Photographer Debby Coleman captures studio life from early film pitches to celebratory events around the world, always looking for moments that show the time and place, but will also define the Pixar community when future generations look back on the company's history. Together we'll share footage and lessons learned from observing the artists of Pixar in their own environments.

The Speakers

Deborah Coleman

Photo Editor, Pixar Animation Studios

Deborah Coleman became the first Staff Photographer at Pixar Animation Studios in 2004 and was promoted to Photo Editor in 2008. She develops the image strategy for film publicity campaigns and works with Directors, Producers and Creative Leads to create the visual story about making films that is shared with audiences around the world. She also photographs the film productions behind-the-scenes, company events, and red carpet premieres for publications, marketing projects, and archives.

Erica Milsom

Documentary Director, Pixar Animation Studios

Erica Milsom joined the small documentary crew at Pixar Animation Studios in 2002 as an Assistant Editor and became a Documentary Director with the group in 2006. While at Pixar she's helped create documentary content covering all of Pixar's feature films as well as material for the short film compilations and museum installations.

In addition to her day job, Erica loves making independent films. She recently completed a feature documentary, “Snow Day - Life, Death and Skiing” and is finishing up her first fiction film, a short called “So Much Yellow”.

Tony Kaplan

Documentary Dir/ DP, Pixar Animation Studios

After spending his twenties in Japan, Tony Kaplan studied documentary film at Stanford University. He spent a number of years working in documentary film production, ultimately making the behind-the-scenes material for Star Wars Episode II. Now firmly entrenched in the making-of niche, Tony was hired to film the production of The Incredibles, and has been at Pixar ever since.

Tony lives in Berkeley with his wife and two sons.


6:30p Doors open, registration, networking

7:00p Evening kick-off with Brian Grady, Video Producer at Google Developer Studios

7:15p Session #1 Pixar In-House Doc Team presents

8:00p Break

8:30p Raffle

8:50p Q&A with Pixar BTS Team

9:10p MeetUp Member Demos

9:40p Q&A with our members

10:00p Doors close


• Come for the tech, stay for the party - There will be savory finger foods, soft drinks, craft beers and lovely wine.

• Come by car: Google's Tech Corners Campus in Sunnyvale is right off of both 237 and 101. LOTS of parking!

• Come by public transportation: The venue is just 4 miles from the Sunnyvale CalTrain station. So take a train and get an Uber pool with your new friends.

• Come by bike: There's plenty of bike stands to lock up your cycle. Bring your own lock!

• You'll need to RSVP so we can arrange visitor tags (required by security).

• Tell a friend, tell a colleague, bring your curiosity and be prepared to make some amazing connections! More to come as the date draws near, so check back.

807 11th Ave · Sunnyvale, CA