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Erica AlstonFollow

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11-12-2019 10:15 AM

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For decades, Pixar Animation Studios has been male-dominated in its directorial staff for its films. In the 33 years since its founding, the studio has only had two women as directors for cinematic releases. Recently, the studio has announced its newest department, SparkShorts, which will aim to give voice to diverse directors in the company’s employ, like women and people of color. My research will aim to observe the creative climate of Pixar Animation Studios and discover how the company developed from male-dominated to more open to diverse voices, particularly female, in its productions, and what the perception of these promotions of diversity are amongst female artists at the studio.

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Dec 11th, 10:15 AM

Women and Pixar: The Creative Climate for Female Directors at Pixar Animation Studios

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For decades, Pixar Animation Studios has been male-dominated in its directorial staff for its films. In the 33 years since its founding, the studio has only had two women as directors for cinematic releases. Recently, the studio has announced its newest department, SparkShorts, which will aim to give voice to diverse directors in the company’s employ, like women and people of color. My research will aim to observe the creative climate of Pixar Animation Studios and discover how the company developed from male-dominated to more open to diverse voices, particularly female, in its productions, and what the perception of these promotions of diversity are amongst female artists at the studio.