Friday, May 8, 2009
Pixar coming to Vancouver!
I guess it was only a matter of time before the world's most talented animation company figured out where the world's most talented animators come from. And so it happens that Pixar is opening its doors in our fair city this fall, with the hopes of hiring between 75-100 animators to work on all of their short films. Not sure yet whether they mean shorts for DVD release or whether Vancouver would be working on their highly acclaimed theatrical shorts, but either way this is going to shake things up in the city in a big way. And it couldn't come at a better time for some. Job losses in the animation industry have hit hard in the last 6 months and though we in the games industry are usually sheltered from these economic downturns, there have been a number of studio job cuts not to mention one or two that have closed their doors for good. So here's hoping that Pixar follows through on its decision and makes a solid go of it in Vancouver. We in the industry all remember what happened when Disney came to town.