Creativity and Awe (with Danielle Feinberg of Pixar)

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The most creative and productive careers often emerge at the intersections of disciplines. It’s not a linear path, but a serendipitous collision of multiple areas of interest that create an opportunity. Some might even call it a “creative accident”, which is the reason for the name of this show. Such was the case with today’s guest Danielle Feinberg. 

Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997, and since then, she has worked on 14 of Pixar’s feature films. She cut her teeth on early films like A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Feinberg was the director of photography-lighting for the Academy Award®- winning features WALL•E, Brave, and Coco. Most recently she completed her work as the visual effects supervisor on Turning Red.

In this interview, we discuss how creativity and career emerge at the intersections, why it’s important to pursue awe in your life and work, and how Pixarnavigates the complexity of a long-arc project like a film.

Watch Danielle’s TED talk.

Learn about the documentary about the making of Turning Red.

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