Saturday, April 3, 2010

Visiting Pixar [IMPORTANT UPDATE]

My Pixar Visitor ID sticker, affixed to Buzz Lightyear LEGO box

Yesterday night I returned home from one of the most memorable trips of my life. Visiting Pixar was an incredible, unique experience that I'm going to remember for a long time. A lot of it was actually way cooler that I expected it to be, if you can believe that!

Over two days, I toured Pixar and another famous studio (you'll have to wait to find out which one), enjoyed Toy Story 3 and radical short film Day & Night, met many well-known Pixarians, and got loads of cool Pixar stuff.

There's just so much to share, that it would be impossible to do it in a single post. That's why I've decided to put together a special multi-part series of posts called Visiting Pixar.

The first installment, Stories & People, will be published Wednesday, April 7 in June. It will be a detailed chronological account of my visit: what I got to see, who I met, what I learned, and so forth.

This will be followed by Inside the Studio (Apr. 14), Studio Grounds (Apr. 21), and Under Construction (Apr. 23), each featuring some of the over 450 photographs I took in and around the studio, with lots of anecdotes. A fourth post in the series is set for Apr. 28. Be sure to stay tuned.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the Pixar publicity team, especially go-to guy Chris Wiggum, for inviting me and helping to set all this up. In fact, every person I met at the studio was extraordinarily welcoming and friendly. Thanks everybody!

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Update: Moments ago, I received word from Pixar that Disney has placed an embargo on photographs taken during the trip, except those of the Pixar gate and atrium. The photos may not be published until June 18, opening day for Toy Story 3. Other bloggers who already posted their pictures have been asked to take them down.

That means that the Stories & People report in the Visiting Pixar series will have to wait until June, as it includes most of the embargoed photos. Inside the Studio, Studio Grounds, and Under Construction will be published as originally planned.

My apologies to everyone who was excited to see all the pictures and read my complete account of the trip. I'm really sorry. Not happy about this at all.

(Updated Apr. 5)

24 comments:

Jeff said...

Can't wait for the full reports!!

Rustin said...

Do we need to take tissues with us to Toy Story 3?

Mike said...

Yes.

David said...

Awesome! Congrats Mike, it must have been amazing. You probably weren't expecting this to happen when you decided to make a blog :)

Alex Antonetz said...

Will we get your thoughts on "Toy Story 3" in any of the upcoming posts on your visit?

Mike said...

You won't get any plot details or a formal review, but I will tell you how much I loved it!

DAGA said...

Please, share as many photos and thoughts as you can, make us feel like we were there too...

Russell said...

Hey Mike! Glad you enjoyed your trip - I knew you would! Two questions: Did they give you that Buzz Lightyear Lego for free, and did you get anything from the Pixar store - like a Pixar baseball hat?

Ethneliane said...

I can't wait!
I'm very very happy for you, Mike :D

acooper2 said...

I can't wait for the first installment! I want to hear EVERYTHING! No detail is too small.

Anonymous said...

Was TS3 presented in 3D?

Amy P. said...

Looking forward to your future posts about it. I like the way you plan to categorize your visit into segments, going into more detail with each.

k. borcz said...

I'm going to have to find time to watch for these posts!!

Mike said...

Anonymous: 'TS3' was in 2-D with some unfinished animation (mostly the lighting) near the end. Day & Night was in digital 3-D.

Kyle said...

To me, even the preview of the report of the visit is exciting!!

Anonymous said...

dang, so jealous...

nickomundo said...

Wow. More awesome than you expected? That's gotta be amazing. I can't wait to read these coming posts.

Owen Williams said...

awesome, can't wait to read your report/s

Anonymous said...

Best visitor card ever...

ana kim said...

so very jealous and happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Is the other famous studio Skywalker Ranch by any chance?

Mike said...

Yes :) but you'll have to wait until June for pics.

I Love Pixar said...

Hey Mike! Know you can't actually say anything - because of an embargo, but do you think Toy Story 3 has a chance at being Best Picture nominated, or do you think this will be the year that Dreamworks tops Pixar, with How To Train Your Dragon. I personally loved HTTYD, but I'd just like a formal opinion on this from someone who's seen TS3. ; )

Nicola said...

Aww, what a shame. Excited to hear all about your visit when it goes online, though!