I just got done watching David Poland‘s 37 minute interview with Finding Nemo and WALL-E director Andrew Stanton, and WOW. If you’re at all interested in the way Pixar makes films, this interview is a much watch. I highly recommend you check it out. You can even put it on and listen to it play in the background as you work. I’m actually surprised that Polland doesn’t also release these interviews as a iTunes podecast.
Stanton spends a lot of time talking about what makes he Pixar creative process different, and how ideas are developed in the Emeryville-based animation studio. He talks about the idea of WALL-E came up, and how Finding Nemo allowed him to make the film and gave him the freedom to take chances like the inclusion of the songs from “Hello, Dolly”. He talks about how the Animation industry became restrained by ridiculous rules and forgot that anything should be possible if it fits/helps the story, and taking advantage of the medium that you’re in. He talks about how Pixar only test screens their films once to the public, but more-so internally. And he talks breifly about working on John Carter of Mars. I’ve embedded the video after the jump, so you have no excuse.