Valerie LaPointe received her MFA from USC’s Animation division in 2007. Her student film Lolly’s Box was in competition for the 2006 Student Academy Awards and Annecy 2006.
She participated in the first Story internship at Pixar in 2006 and after a short semester back at USC, started working full time as a Story Artist at Pixar Animation Studios in 2007. Her professional work includes: Presto, Brave, Mater’s Tall Tales, Toy Story Toons, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, and she is currently working on Toy Story 4.
Outside of Pixar, she is developing her own short films and recently had a drawing book published, 100 Years of Fashion and Fun. She also enjoys traveling and teaching story to students at various universities across the world.
Valerie will present on her personal journey as an artist and filmmaker that led to working at Pixar. She will explain the work a Story Artist does in developing character and plot, along with the actual story-boarding process at Pixar, with examples from Inside Out.
Valerie boarded this Inside Out scene “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” (later deleted): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmJqgn7yX60