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Colin Levy Joins Pixar

Colin Levy, Director of Sintel, has joined Pixar. It's pretty amazing what working on a Blender project can lead to :) Congratulations Colin!!

Colin writes:

So! Here's the skinny: I've been offered a 12-month Resident TD position in Pixar's Camera & Staging department. So what that means is that starting September, I'll be working on an actual film in production, involved in the kind of work that's also sometimes called "layout" or "previs". Basically, placing/animating cameras and blocking characters, developing the shot design and timing of action within scenes.... at least that's what I think!

I don't know exactly what to expect, and I'm sure it'll take me a while to get up to speed. Mainly I'm looking forward to soaking in the creative energy and talent at Pixar. I know I'm gonna learn *so* much.

There's no doubt in my mind that I owe this opportunity almost completely to Sintel. When I had my interview with the guys at Pixar, basically that's all we talked about! (They seemed pretty impressed -- and very curious about the whole "Open Movie" concept!) Seriously, I feel deeply indebted to Ton and the Blender community.

Like a lot of kids my age, I've been dreaming of working at Pixar since I was in middle school-- about when I first discovered Blender, hah. So needless to say, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position! Can't wait to start. :)


  • Jeremiah Warren

    Congrats to Colin for his new job position! It's pretty amazing to see how far he's come in the past few years, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he accomplishes in the future.

  • DaveC

    Got to say, even though Sintel was probably the last piece in the puzzle that got you there, your talent and skill in the field is undeniably a MAJOR factor too!
    Congratulation you unbelievably lucky young man!

  • tweakingknobs

    Brother super congrats ! live your dream !!!!

  • DingTo

    Hey Colin,
    I am really happy for you! Watching Sintel was and of course still is a pleasure and I am happy to got the chance to meet you in person in Amsterdam 2009.
    Good Luck at Pixar! You deserved it, you worked really hard for it! :)


  • Joey

    Congratulations Colin!

    Great to see that Sintel could do such a thing for you, and lets hope Pixar learns something from Open Movies, like they did from debian ;)

  • Wasa

    Ha ha, makes you wonder how many of those people using "professional" applications that scoffed at blender are cursing that they didn't get an opportunity such as this.

    Grats Colin, hope this leads to even bigger and better things for you!

  • congcong009

    Congrats Colin! You showed us one more reason to learn Blender better than ever! Cheers!

  • Alex Delderfield (AD-Edge)

    Whoa, huge congrats to Colin! Talk about a milestone, I wondered where his direction would be after graduating, right to the top it seems :P

    Great to see where working on a Blender movie can get you as well, inspirational.

  • Elk

    Congratulations !!

  • Luis Robles

    Congratulations!!! From my point of view, and am sure also that of many others, you have demonstrated talent well beyond Pixar standards, so this is something that many of us had seen coming for you. Learn a lot and bring some of that knowledge back to the community ;)


  • Patrick Boelens

    Major congrats Colin, that's amazing (and well deserved)!!! Have fun and good luck!

  • waby38

    Congratulation !

  • Dusty

    YEAAAAHHHH!!!!!! Well done lad!!!!! that's awesome news!!!!!!

  • bebR

    Congratulations Colin !
    You deserve it.

  • Reece

    It just goes to show that when you connect with your passion it will propel you onto greater things.


  • Stephan Rodriguez

    Awesome news !! Congratulations

  • Bill

    OMG. Well done Colin - so this is how far Blender can take somebody if they have immense talent and work hard. Keep up the good work and make us proud.
    Now if I only had some talent.


  • Martin White

    Congratulations mate, fantastic news!

  • forestdino

    Congrats and good luck.

  • pjoe

    Tears of happiness :)

    Congrats ... and who knows, maybe someday in the future Blender will find a place in Pixar's pipeline.

  • josiasbh

    Good luck and have fun!

  • Rafael Rios

    Congratulations Colin !!!!

    I hope this only be the start of something bigger and better for you, you deserve it.
    Learn as much as you can, and show them your talent. Never forget where you came from, and , as somebody else said, bring some knowledge back to the comunity.

    Some of this knowledge would be very useful for the following blender foundation short.

  • Brad Cathey

    Way to go Colin! Maybe you can do some Blender evangelization while you are there...

  • Zalgren

    Congratulations - sounds like a grate opportunity.

  • Zalgren

    Congratulations - sounds like a great opportunity.

  • kewey


    I am fascinated that they are fascinated at the Open Movie idea. Can't imagine the day where Pixar would give all their assets away on a supplementary DVD for people to learn from and play with, complete with tutorials on how to do what they do.. still, stranger things have happened. :)

  • Kinshuk

    I'm very happy to hear that....congrats! There is one similarity between Pixar and Blender- I respect them most :)
    Hope you learn a loooot more and meanwhile Pixar starts using Blender :))

  • Rafael Rios

    Congratulations Colin !!!!

    I hope this only be the start of something bigger and better for you, you deserve it.
    Learn as much as you can, and show them your talent. Never forget where you came from, and , as somebody else said, bring some knowledge back to the community.

    Some of this knowledge would be very useful for the following blender shorts.

    I think Blender community should be very proud of this too.

  • José Carlos Rocha

    Parabéns Colin,

    Você merece todo sucesso do mundo.

    Grande abraço,


  • dave62

    congratulations colin!!

    you deserve it so much:)

  • bo

    congratulations well deserved !!

  • JG Loquet

    Congrats Colin ;) !

    Enjoy your time there !

    I hope this means that the industry is starting to consider Blender more seriously .. at least it's an opportunity !


  • en Pipes

    Yes Colin,
    You've found your place!

  • Brian L.

    (GASP) WOW!!! Congratulations, Colin! Woo hoo! I'm so glad you're getting this wonderful opportunity, and that PIXAR noticed Sintel! Good luck, dude! SO posting this article on my Facebook!

  • Sim Pern Chong


    Wow... Blender and You got Pixar's attention for sure !!!

  • Boyel

    YEAHHH!!!! That's the spirit for us who use Blender and the next gen who are going to follow!!!

  • Harry Abreu

    Congratulation your work was so good :-)

  • Mike

    Congrats Colin, now try using the NLA for camera angles!

  • mrmowgli

    Hey congrats Colin!
    You totally deserve it.

    I live near Pixar, maybe I'll run into you in Emeryville and I'll get to ask for your autograph! WoohoO!

    Keep up the good work, and try and sneak Blender into their workflow ;)

  • octoprod

    Congratulations to Colin. A lot of years of work to achive this, I think.

  • Nortmobile

    I would be in awe to just tour Pixar. With that being said, I must also say that they are lucky to have found you. You are a man of many talents with the drive to get it done.

  • TxRx

    Congrats Colin, well deserved and a great foot into one of the best places to work in the industry. :)

    Well done!

  • FloridaJo

    Congrats Colin. I know from that first movie you did as a kid you were going far.
    So as a gift, I'm going to give you a piece of advice my Grandmother gave me:
    "Weeds are better dealt with young."

  • roofoo

    Congrats! :D Don't forget us little people down here. And I really hope that you don't just drop Blender like a hot potato once you get in with the big boys. But seriously, I hope you're ready for long hours and weekends, I've heard it's a grueling business, fun but very demanding.

  • Tadd

    Nice! That's awesome news for you! Congratulations!

    (I was half tempted to write a "Pixar isn't open source! Down with Pixar" mock comment but decided not to.)

  • Simon

    awesome! congrats!

  • Dayay

    Wow , Congrats ! from Singapore

  • Mathias Pedersen

    Congratulations Colin! What an amazing opportunity! Wish you all the best there!


  • Magiciandude

    Remember while you're working there, Colin - DEMAND FUN!

    Good job, man. You deserve it.

  • Paulo Bardes

    Colin, you have no idea how much I want to do your exact same move: Learn a lot using blender, build a good portfolio and then try to join the Pixar team.

    It may be a stupid question but what does TD means?

  • yoff

    Good job, Colin :-) Now make the best of it... ;-)

  • comeinandburn

    Woo hoo Colin! this is a great example of how hard work pays off!!! I'm sure that Sintel helped take you over the top but your body of work is incredible ... this is well deserved.

    good luck and keep us informed.

  • Dave Ward

    Awesome! Great to see one of our greatest running with the (really big) big dogs! :D

  • Sephiroth the Bimbo Master

    Woooowww, super congratulations your a very talented person so Sintel was just a piece, wow man now show them what you can do.

  • Lars Brubaker


    I feel compelled to add my own voice to the pile of anonymous well wishes you have already gotten. I have loved following your path through Sintel and The Secret Number, and (with no right at all :) take pride in watching you pursue your passion.

    You'll do great, Lars.

  • HJ Media Studios


  • LswaN

    Congatulations, you've earned it!

  • Etienne

    Congratulations Colin. Good luck at Pixar!

  • arkady

    Well, now we've seen that Pixar has noticed a talented Blender artist. Dare we hope that someone at Pixar HQ is now going to take a more serious look at Blender itself?

  • liser

    Hey, Colin!
    Big congratulations, you deserve it!
    Good luck at Pixar!

  • yudhir


    Bring up SINTEL 2 from pixar. A full featured movie!

  • ArtSymptom

    Congratulations Colin! I'm very happy to see that you get that job at Pixar, is like a dream come true, right? CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

  • Peter

    Big congrats!!! I love to see, as the rest of us, someone succeed and move on to an incredible opportunity. Saying that, you've obviously shown you are very talented, so I believe it's a 2-way win. Both parties are fortunate, you and Pixar. :o) Hope it's all you hope for and more! Congrats!

  • Heldrida

    Congratulations ;D

  • terence

    Congratulations. I know they may have focused on Sintel, but I've watched you develop from much earlier work. It all builds on what comes before, and I'm sure you will continue to learn and develop while you work with them. Please keep us updated on what you are doing.

  • Lasphere

    That is fantastic!!!! Congratulations! You've achieved what we other merely dream about.

    Btw. I'm sure BRAVE is inspired by Sintel! :-P

  • Dave H

    Congratulations to Pixar for making such a great catch!

    Hope they can keep up, learn a lot and have some serious fun.

  • DoeJoe

    Would be cool if the tool you use at Pixar for your camera and staging work is Blender.

    Sintel was a pretty good resume. Congradulations!

  • Arindam

    Congratulations Colin! We as a community can definitely say, that you've made us proud. You've made it to the most difficult institution in 3D animation industry through your sheer hard work and talent. Please keep in touch with the community and share knowledge as you've been, always. Cheers!

  • Arindam

    Congratulations Colin! We as a community can definitely say, that you've made us proud. You've made it to the most difficult institution in 3D animation industry through your sheer hard work and talent. Please keep in touch with the community and share knowledge as you've been, always. Cheers!

  • ByronK

    This is wonderful! Congratulaitons!

  • Virgilio

    Congratulations, Colin!
    That's amazing! I wish you all the best with this incredible opportunity! :D

  • Gryphon

    WOAH! Congratulations Colin! Talk about a dream job!

    Can't wait for the Secret Number!

  • Ivo

    I cannot believe it! Awsome!

  • Vykelt

    Congratu-freak'n-lations Colin. You've earned it brother.

  • Navarro

    so cool !!!

  • TWS Administrator

    Haha!!!! Congratulations.

  • Johnny-d-wicked

    You are living my dream, Levy. ^^

  • Sizzler

    Congratulations, Colin! Best of luck.

    @Paulo: TD = Technical Director. It varies depending on the company, but usually it's a person who works with artists on the more technical aspects of their work. For instance, a Character TD does the rigging of characters (which is more technical) while a Character Artist actually does the modeling. An Animation TD might create tools to help animators, or work on crowd simulations, while an Animator actually does pure animation.

  • yoga

    CONGRATS!!! :D

  • Colin Levy

    Oh my gosh, you guys. You just made my day!! I sent that blurb to Bart last night, got up this morning and there were already 50 comments.

    Literally tearing up a bit. :P Amazing to feel such support. The internet is an incredible place. :D

    I feel very, very lucky. Will definitely keep you updated!


  • Darren W

    Way to go, Colin! Just don't forget about us when you're famous. :-)

  • John J. Walters

    You certainly deserve it. Sintel was some great work, and I know you've been travelling this road for as long as we've been acquainted.

    Congratulations, Colin!

  • dave62

    congratulations colin! you really deserve it!!
    hopefully you could still use blender there and maybe the future will bring more open source stuff like ptex from the industry.
    all the best for your future:)

  • 3djimbo

    Congratulations! Sintel is amazing!

  • Josh

    Wow, Congrats Colin.

  • patrox

    Congratulations Colin! I wish you all good!

  • RockyMtnMesh

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

    An incredible opportunity - soak it all in!

  • martin eschoyez

    yeah, man! Supercongrats from Argentina! wish you all the best as said everybody above! :D

  • pamtango

    Your work has always been top notch. I work at the California College of the Arts, where we have several teachers who work at Pixar. I've been preaching Blender and showing Sintel to my fellow animation students, and they've been very impressed. . . "That's Blender!"
    Hope you have a chance to drop by CCA and visit our animation suite of classrooms and labs.

  • Robbie Losee

    Very cool news! Congrats Colin!

    @Paulo Bardes - "TD" stands for "technical director" - big movie studios often have multiple TDs over various aspects of production (lighting, animation, etc).

  • Demohero

    Great News! Congrats Colin!

  • Erick blend

    Congrats skinny ;)

  • Ron Proctor

    Congratulations! Have a lot of fun!

  • amdbcg

    Wow, congrats!

  • Alberto

    Congratulations Colin! :D
    I hope can see some Pixar's movie in where you will participate :) ^^


  • Rafster

    I know this is a long shot, but once you are in at Pixar, could you get Pixar to help develop Blender? I know Disney plays hardball, but maybe, maybe, maybe??

  • LuisGerardo


  • Statik

    That's incredibly good news Colin! (So good I checked the posting date to make sure it wasn't a late April 1 post). Hopefully we'll get a behind-the-scene look at Pixar like you did for Sintel? :)

  • Niko40

    Whoa! And so does the Blender world domination really begin. XD Or at least Colin's. :)
    I'm real happy for you and I hope the new job treats you well too. :) I'm curious to hear from you in the future too so keep us up to date as best as you are allowed to. :D

    Pixar interested about open source... Well that's... Funny thing, not so surprising really. They are mostly curious about the concept I think. But I hope they will support Blender in their pipeline though (or in other ways). Not necessarily all the way but in such sense that if one person wishes to use it in their studio in some way like in basic modelling, they could have some support available to it. Would be nice I think.

    @Wasa: Not sure how much you know but... Pixar uses their own 3D tools on the movies for 99% of the time. In-house software. Something like with Sintel. When an artists requests some feature, the software dev team will make it happen. They don't wait for 50 years for a patch to appear on Max. XD In a matter of fact, Pixar made harmonic coordinates system that appears as "mesh deformer" in blender, still not in Max or Maya for my knowing. They also own RenderMan renderer... And Disney owns Pixar nowadays.

    Well I guess I got all my hype included to this post here already. XD

  • greenboy

    Excellent. Good to see you working at a very creative company. Go and be awesome.

  • Carlos Santos


  • Ahmed Fakhry

    Congratulations man! you deserve it.

  • ben


  • Octavio Augusto Mendez Sanchez (octagesimal)

    Congratulations Colin!!!

  • Daniel H.

    Congratulations from Japan! (We Blenderheads are just everywhere!) I haven't seen your older stuff (or if I have, I haven't connected your name with it), but next chance I get, I aim to rectify that. Make the most of the next year!

  • Pandu Aji W

    WOW! Congratulations Colin! :D

  • Guardian 452

    I've mentioned before that I learned about Blender via a 3D forum where someone was shooting his mouth off about how he knew where to get cracked versions of the leading retail 3D packages. A regular contributor, who worked for Pixar, said "If you really want to learn 3D start with Blender" (I'm paraphrasing).

    The folks at Pixar seem to pay attention to the Blender community, and now that one of our own has made it, even more so! I'll wager they're usually as excited waiting for each open movie as we are.

    Congragtulations Colin! This is richly deserved. I for one look forward to hearing about your adventures with Pixar!

  • wysiwyg

    awesome! what an amazing opportunity!
    whats gonna be with the secret number?

  • JvIasterMind

    Congrats Colin! You definitely deserved this opportunity!

    Ever since I first watched Suburban Plight (a long time ago), I knew you were going somewhere. All your work has been very amazing and Pixar is very lucky to have you!

  • Tim Wells

    Way to go Colin!
    I'm sure Sintel has prepared you quite well for this amazing opportunity. Hope to see you directing a Pixar short in the near future!

  • nwonknuWil

    Many congratulations, Colin! You've worked many years to get there and you truly deserve it. I look forward to seeing your name in upcoming Pixar film credits.

    Please pass my congratulations to your Parents. I know they are very proud of you, too.

  • Omer Khan

    Congratulations Colin. Very well deserved.

  • Wray Bowling

    This is wonderful, Colin! You're going to go far! Really far!

  • kABHIr

    Hello Colin,

    All the best for your future projects in pixar studios and i hope to see you once again directing an open movie project with blender.

    All the best once again.

  • Jay Patel

    Congratulations....who knows apple might release next macos as opensource...hehehe :)

  • George Lucas

    I hope you teach them a thing or two down there at Pixar! ;-)

  • Bailey Kalesti

    Congrats dude! That's awesome. Eager to hear more about what you do in the future. Cheers! :)

  • D@nny

    Wow, that's great news!
    Congratulations, Colin!

  • Maria

    dream dream dream . . happy for you

  • Ovidiu

    "There’s no doubt in my mind that I owe this opportunity almost completely to Sintel."
    Well Colin, and what was the thing that qualified you for Sintel if not your talent in the first place.
    I cannot describe how happy I am for you, like I'm the one joining Pixar :))

    Good luck and can wait to see the works you'll be doing there, I'm sure they will be posted here.

  • Simon Kinane

    Fair play to ya Mr.Levy,!

    Go'dspeed 8)


  • Jarred

    Congratulations Colin, that's absolutely fantastic!

  • moxstudios

    Awesome News Congrats!!!

  • James

    Wow congratulations Colin! Awesome :D


    Great News ! Congratulations Colin ! It is well desserved. I knew that you had the potential to reach high goals the first time I watched your works in the early age of Peerless Productions.

    I wish you the best in your future job !

  • SL1200

    Congratulations Colin!

    I think its fair to say that most people in the Blender community or 3D in general, have at some stage thought: "How cool would it be to work at Pixar?"

    You my good sir get to live that dream!

    I wish you all the best in the future!

  • JoeliousCeasar

    Woot Woot Woot! Couldn't have happened to a better guy. Bon Fortune!

  • Museroom

    你好勁呀! you 're so cool!

  • Zazizizou

    @Darren W: He is already famous :P.

    Now you'll have to keep more secrets with Pixar don't you ?

    Congrats, man :DD

  • daniel glenn

    Congratulations Colin! c'est fantastique!
    I wish you all the best in your future job.

  • twitcher

    Looks like working on Blender can lead you to... working on Maya... :/ ;)

  • Simon Kinane

    Pixar actually use their proprietary suite ('Marionette')
    for the most part as far as I know . . .

  • Adhicipta R. Wirawan

    Congratulation!!! you're so amazing... Maybe you can turn pixar to use blender :)

  • sozap

    Congratulation Colin !!

    It's like we all work for pixar now that you're in !
    Have a lot of fun working on amazing projects !

  • troubled

    zomg Colin, grats man!

    btw, I was always impressed with your Sintel videos. Your howto's exposed me to new terms, undiscovered features, camera tricks and procedures used in the real world. Thank you for those!

    And of course, best of luck @ Pixar! \o

  • blendercomp

    Congrats Colin, you've earned it!

  • ssnbe

    No fricken way! That's great Colin, been rooting for you for a long time, I always knew you would do great things.

  • Martin Leurs

    Hey, Congratulations Colin.

    This is so cool. Your first Video I saw was the spider which climbs on a wall and now you join pixar.

  • colonjcolon

    Congratulations! I love Blender and now more.

  • Nikolas Frederick


    Nikolas and Leigh

  • Luks

    Wow, this guy is a real inspiration. I hope some day I'll ge there too :).
    Congratulations! You completely deserve it.

  • Ivam

    Congrats Colin, I wish I could go with you! ; )

  • blender pro

    You people are so lame,I always knew Colin had the talent and predicted that he will be the next Steven Spielberg,however he is the fallen to open source,watch and see.

  • AlexDS

    COlin deserves it a lot!

  • Cubbie

    Oh my god... where have I been?! Why haven't I heard of this before?
    Congratulations! Well deserved! :)

  • Frank Aalbers

    So , when are you arriving here ? :)

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