Event description

City View Theater, Pier 27 in San Francisco

This art form of visually telling the story is harder than it seems. To be able to convey the ideas, character, mood, motives, actions, required to tell a good story through using visual images can be like alchemy; its a very subjective medium that only works after you’ve tried it. In most cases the only way to succeed is to fail.

In my lecture I will show examples of story boards from various films I have worked on throughout my career; moments that have not made it into the final films but were instrumental in “finding” those memorable moments. I will also show moments from films I have boarded and break down the thinking and thought process that went into choosing the images, composition, and order to help build a visual narrative.

Mark Andrews – Director, Pixar Animation Studios


Mark Andrews joined Pixar Animation Studios in December 2000 and in his time at the studio he has worked on four of the studio’s feature films. He served as story supervisor on the Academy Award ® -winning feature films “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille” and as a storyboard artist for the Golden Globe ® -winning “Cars.” Most recently, Andrews was the director of Disney•Pixar’s 2012 Golden Globe ® and Academy Award ® -winning feature “Brave.” He also contributed to the story of the critically acclaimed, award-winning, “Toy Story 3.” In addition to his work on Pixar’s feature films, Andrews co-wrote and co-directed the Academy Award ® -nominated short film, “One Man Band.” Andrews is currently working on an upcoming Pixar project.

Andrews also provided his talents to Walt Disney Pictures’ “John Carter” as second-unit director and co-writer alongside the film’s director and Pixar colleague, Andrew Stanton.

Prior to coming to Pixar, Andrews lived in Los Angeles and was a storyboard artist on several animated films. For his work on “The Iron Giant,” he received an Annie Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for “Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production.” He was also a storyboard artist on several animated television shows such as “The New Adventures of Jonny Quest” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” for which he was awarded an Emmy ® , and the award-winning “Samurai Jack.” Besides his work in the animation world, Andrews was a storyboard artist on Sony’s blockbuster live-action feature film, “Spider-Man.” Andrews earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1993. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their children.

100% of the ticket sale proceeds for this event are graciously donated back to SF Design Week to help cover costs of the venue. SF Design Week is produced by AIGA SF, a 501(3)c non-profit organization.

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