Story Supervisor, Pixar Animation Studios
Jason Katz joined Pixar in 1994. He began his Pixar career as a storyboard artist on “Toy Story” and continued in the same role on “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” and “Monsters, Inc.” and served as a co-story supervisor for the Academy Award®-winning features “Finding Nemo” and “Ratatouille.” Katz worked as story supervisor on the Golden Globe®-winning and Academy Award®-winning feature films “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,”. Raised in Torrance, California, Katz learned to draw from his grandmother. Together, they watched animated television shows and sketched the characters they saw onscreen. His grandmother’s strong influence peaked Katz’s interest in art, popular culture and classic films. Katz attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where he studied character animation. Inspired by artists such as Bill Peet, Marc Davis and Joe Ranft, Katz pursued a career as a storyboard artist upon graduation.
Pixar veteran Jason Katz will share the lessons he’s learned over the last 24 years as a member of the famed animation studio’s story department. Join him as he breaks down the storytelling process and illustrates many of the tools he and his colleagues use to create memorable characters and satisfying stories for all ages.