11 Quotes to Jumpstart Your Creativity From the Co-Founder of Pixar
Growing up, Catmull studied computer graphics under the supervision of Ivan Sutherland, the acclaimed American computer scientist often referred to as the “father of computer graphics.” After receiving his doctorate in computer science, Catmull worked and led various tech businesses. However, he always had a love for film. Eventually bridging his computer science background with his passion for movies and animation, Catmull became the vice president of the computer division of George Lucas’ Lucasfilm.
From there, the rest was history. After the late Steve Job’s purchase of Lucasfilm, Catmull and Jobs co-founded Pixar Animation Studios and began making some of today’s most popular animated movies like Toy Story and Finding Nemo. And once Disney purchased Pixar in 2006, Catmull made his way to the top there too, becoming the president of both Disney Animation Studios and Pixar.
On top of his massive success in various businesses, Catmull made a number of contributions to technology through various animation and film softwares, including the highly-used rendering technology Renderman. Today, Catmull has won five Academy Awards, a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and more.
Catmull’s success is nothing short of extraordinary, and his work has made incredible impacts on technology and some of today’s greatest films. To learn more from Catmull, here are 11 quotes on success, failure, risk and more.
On running a business
"A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions and criticisms. Lack of candor, if unchecked, ultimately leads to dysfunctional environments." -- Ed Catmull
"If we make room for it instead of shunning it, the unknown can bring inspiration and originality." -- Ed Catmull