Rex's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Atlanta Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Palo Alto, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

REX GRIGNON

Head of Character Animation
PDI/Dreamworks

“You kinda need to be ready for whatever comes your way.”

INTERESTS:

Film Numbers

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Exploration Opportunity Family Hobbies & Pastimes Passion Choices Determination Talent Confidence Goals Success

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

animation, art, being open, Canada, engineering, entrepreneur, film, film school, listen to yourself, math, opportunity, passion, pixar, quest, safety, scholarship, science, security, toy story, travel

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He was always interested in movies; as a kid, he'd focus on his studies in math and science, but he'd make Super 8 films on the weekends.
  • As a kid growing up in Canada, he never thought he'd be able to break into the film industry, so he decided to go into engineering.
  • At the last minute, he was accepted into a college that taught film production.
  • After trying a few different things, he settled on computer animation, which he found blended his strengths in art and engineering.
  • Soon after leaving school, he got a job as an animator at PDI; while there, he started a "character development" group.
  • When he heard that Toy Story was in the works, he jumped ship to go work at Pixar.
  • After the film wrapped, Dreamworks called and requested he come back and expand the character group he'd started.
  • He's been there for 10 years and has worked on films like Shrek, Antz, and Madagascar.

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