Q&A: Jan Pinkava

3D World: Having pioneered both the concept of feature-length CG animation in Toy Story and an industry standard software package in RenderMan, Pixar's achievements over the past 20 years have been both artistic and technical. What has made more of an impact in the animation world: the technology that the company has developed or its creative vision?

Jan Pinkava: Absolutely its creative vision. Without the ideas behind the movies, no amount of technology would make the difference. Are there real and compelling characters in a compelling world doing things that you want to sit and watch? The execution of [an animated movie] - how it comes across on screen in sound and light - is a way of telling a story. Without that story, it's just fireworks.

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