We’re not talking about Hogwarts. The school that produced filmmakers John Lasseter, Tim Burton, Brad Bird, and other big names behind your favorite animated films is CalArts, founded by Walt Disney. During Disney’s heyday in the 60’s, Disney knew he needed to focus on the skills of the next generation to keep the magic going. CalArts was born, with Disney’s desire to have his artists classically trained in full animation and be well-versed in all facets of filmmaking, from designing to directing and recording. Former students expressed that their teachers made the program valuable: they were taught by former Disney animators, directors, artists, and designers. Students also went through competitions to be hired upon graduation, with many being hired by Disney. Walt Disney’s method of training and retaining great talent has clearly been effective, as graduates of CalArts have made $26 billion at the box office since 1985 – essentially saving the Disney legacy. Vanity Fair’s Sam Kashner examines the school’s beginnings, growth, teaching methods, and many of its famous alumni.
School of Magic
Dec 09, 2015