Friday, May 20, 2011

Ontario animator lands job at Pixar

The Pixar gate in Emeryville, as seen from inside the studio grounds

The Waterloo Region Record reports on one of the latest additions to Pixar's roster of world-class artists and animators.

Jamie Metzger of Waterloo, ON (about an hour and a half from Toronto) will begin work at Pixar early next month. Metzger graduated in April from the animation program at Sheridan College.

"Eight years of school, about $53,000 in tuition, 56 teachers, and no social life, and it all equals Pixar," she says of her path to the studio. But she adds that it will be worth it.

"I'm on cloud nine. I think I'm still in shock. It won't hit me until I walk into the office and see my heroes and start thinking of them as peers."

16 comments:

Jason said...

Alrighty. That crushes all my hopes of ever animating there. Didn't realize it was that hard to get in, but then again, it is Pixar.

Mike Bastoli said...

Jason: It shouldn't. Yes, its not easy to get in, but no single 'path to Pixar' is 'standard' for everyone.

Alexandro Fantino said...

Sheesh! A post dedicated to someone who gets inside Pixar? Is it such a rare event so as to post it every time it happens? Oh my, now I'm depressed.

I wonder how many of us [Mike's readers] want to work at Pixar... Two so far, plus the guy that goes by the name 'Future Pixarian,' then that's three. Plus all those people who don't read this blog or any other and are using their time in something more productive such as... i don't know... practicing their skills!

Jeez! I hope there are enough jobs at Pixar for all of us!

Alexandro Fantino said...

After a few minutes of thinking about this [it really made an impression on me!] some thoughts emerged. Does this post mean that not all the jobs in Pixar's career listings become actual jobs? Either that or you're posting this because it is a canadian who got the job... OR it could also mean that you decided to start posting every person who gets to work at Pixar.

Which one is true?

Guitarlynn53 said...

I like what they wrote "it's so worth it" it encourges me even more to keep trying my hardest.

cuz nothing comes easy you have to work hard to get there.

this just made my day :)

Anonymous said...

I suspect Mike posted because it's not just Canadian, but someone from Ontario, Canada (which is where The Pixar Blog is located).

It just so happened that the local Waterloo publication reported on it, so the info was already available to be made into a post. I suspect many people quietly get assimilated into working at Pixar and we never hear their names until their credits are on a movie...

Anonymous said...

...Oh, and good luck to everyone working towards a job at Pixar - if it's what you really want, work hard and it will be worth it!

Mike Bastoli said...

Alexandro Fantino:

Scores of people get hired to Pixar every year and, of course, I can't post about each one. Most aren't even publicized, hence no coverage in the media.

I posted this story because it was local to me (Sheridan is 20 min. away) and I enjoyed the quotes in the article.

Mike Bastoli said...

Anonymous is absolutely right.

Jason said...

Ah, I see. I was thinking more along the lines of what Alexandro suggested; that getting hired is as rare as this post makes it seem. Glad to know I have a chance!

Worth Dayley said...

The figure that Pixar has told us at my program here at uni is on average, there are 99 positions open at Pixar per year including internships. For these 99 positions, they receive roughly 10,000 applications.

Keep working, mates.

Alexandro Fantino said...

Now that's an absolute relief! Sorry if I seemed rather obnoxious...

Anonymous said...

jamie's student film was absolutely beautiful, but this news article and post is misleading.

Jamie will be an animation intern this summer. There are a couple of our Sheridan alums interning there this summer as well.

Anonymous said...

She's an intern ;)

Anonymous said...

But if you do really well as an intern, you may get a job. Besides, being an intern is still getting the experience of working there - I wouldn't say that downgrades the accomplishment at all!

madhavi said...

Yes, its not easy to get in and u r right