Speakers Series: Becki Tower, Directing Animator at Pixar Animation Studios

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Thursday, February 6, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Recreating Bo Peep for Toy Story 4: A journey alongside Team Bo

In Toy Story 4, audiences rediscover Bo Peep, who returns after nearly 20 years away from the big screen. In adapting her design, we considered not only the cultural context of reviving one of our industry’s first female characters, informing our story and design, but also the technology now available.

This talk describes Bo Peep’s journey through production: from initial research into decades-old reference and visualization, to the modern results and strides we’ve taken across both creative and technical specialties.

Becki Tower, Directing Animator
Pixar Animation Studios

Becki Tower joined Pixar Animation Studios in June 2008, and has since worked as an animator on several Pixar projects. She acted as a fix animator on the Academy Award©-winning feature “Up,” as a crowds animator on Academy Award©-winning films “Toy Story 3” and “Brave,” and as a character animator on “The Good Dinosaur” and “Finding Dory.” In addition, she animated content for the “Ratatouille” theme park ride in Paris, as well as promotional materials for “Monsters University.” She was the Crowds Animation Supervisor on "Cars 3" and a Directing Animator on “Toy Story 4,” set to release on June 21, 2019.

Tower has also recently been selected as an Animation Department Head at Pixar Animation Studios. As one of two animation heads, Tower oversees all aspects of Pixar’s Animation team of over 150 artists to ensure balanced staffing, artistic development, and the nurturing of both departmental culture and depth.

Prior to Pixar, Tower worked as a character animator on “Horton Hears A Who” at Blue Sky Studios, and on “Guitar Hero 3” at Neversoft Entertainment. Raised in Wrentham, MA, she attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in Computer Art with a concentration in Traditional Animation and minors in both 3D Animation and Drawing. She continued her education at SCAD to earn an MFA in Computer Animation.

She currently resides in Half Moon Bay, CA.

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