PIXAR: How Pixar Nurtures Creativity*

14 10 2008

In the September edition of the Harvard Business Review Ed Catmull, cofounder of Pixar and the president of Pixar and Disney Animation studios, talks about how Pixar leadership forsters what they call “Collective Creativity

This is definitly an article worth reading. You can find an exec summary here as well as a link to the coinciding audio cast here.

Catmull speaks/writes about creating the right “culture” or “enviroment” that encourages people to work as a team which can turn something that looks risky or even a mediocre idea into something really good. He says it’s more about good people and not so much about the “one” good idea and that it is vital in that process that everybody is heard and everybody can communicate with anyone, but that the expectation is as well taht everybody needs to stay connected to the progress and innovation happening around them.

At the end of the article there is a nice personal note from Catmull:

“…For 20 years, I pursued a dream of making the first computer-animated film. to be honest, after that goal was realized- when we finished Toy Story – I was a bit lost. But then I realized the most exciting thing I had ever done was to help create the unique environment that allowed that film to be made. …”

Enjoy the read!

And for all of you fellow PIXAR short film lovers out there here is a special treat… ;o)

Check out: PIXAR.com & HBR.com

(Source: HBR.com)

HBO: The Black List – Volume 1*

13 10 2008

I was over in the U.S. a few weeks back and saw this really interesting and impressive documentary on HBO.

In “The Black List”  22 prominet Afro-Americans tell their own story and reveal insights into the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in the United States. Each of them speaks for approx. 4-5 minutes and is filmed in front of a simple grey screen.


Video: HBO – “The Black List – Making of” – 2:36 min


Renowned portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, directed, and award winning journalist Elvis Mitchell interviewed the following complete list of people and put the piece together:

If you click on the links they will take you to some of the video pieces. In addition here is the trailer.

Video: HBO – “The Black List – Trailer” – 0:57 min

The documentary also is the hub of the “The Black List Project“:

“The project celebrates the diverse experiences of being black in America and maximizes the power of these stories through a range of activities, including: a traveling museum exhibition of photographic portraits, organized by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; an upcoming book of photographs and interviews, published by Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster, New York; and a national interactive, curriculum-based educational program. “The Black List Project” is produced by Freemind Ventures, a New York-based media collective, and is the pilot program to the larger Freemind initiative “One Million Stories.”

I really like this documentary as it covers members of the Afro-American community from so many different lines of work. From what I understand HBO is working on a Volume two that will have more political and also social leaders in it. Looking forward to that!

Check out: http://www.blacklistproject.com/

(Source: HBO.com)

MTV.DE: All Eyes On Alicia Keys*

12 10 2008

Here is a nice “Ad break”. In honor of Alicia Keys‘ new album and tour MTV Germany have put together a small series of clips with Alicia Keys and an a macho white rabbit themed “All eyes on“. They are kind of funny and if you like Alicia Keys, you will like the clips.

MTV: “All Eyes on Alicia Keys” – Clip 1

MTV:”All Eyes on Alicia Keys” – Clip 2

MTV:” All Eyes on Alicia Keys” – Clip 3

If you know Peter Fox (Seeed) you should check out his “All Eyes On” Clips too, they are pretty cool!!

Check out: mtv.de/alleyeson

Banksy: The Village Pet Store & Charcoal Grill – NYC*

10 10 2008










Haven’t posted anything in a long time…but I thought this one might be worthwile and a good kick off into a new set of posts.

Thanks to a friend (Emmylou) as well as notcot.com I found this great piece of Banksy Art.

A few days ago Banksy opened up a walk-in piece of art. It’s a small pet store located at 89 7th Avenue between West 4th and Bleeker Street in the West Village of New York City.

The stores windows and interior are filled with a number of creepy (animatronic) installations, from a rabbit applying make up, to two Chicken McNuggets feasting over some BBQ Sauce, up to a CCTV cam attending to it’s little cam baby.

Here is a clip that gives you some more insights into the store…

Video: “BANKSY NYC Pet Store” – 1:03 min

Pretty creepy, but also pretty cool!

Check out: Woostercollective.com

(Source: notcot.com)