Design the Future
January 19–20, 2016: Training
January 20–22, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

The importance of story

Christian Roman (Pixar Animation Studios)
11:05am Friday, 01/22/2016
Location: Festival Pavilion
Average rating: ****.
(4.15, 40 ratings)

Whether we are conscious of it or not, when we look at the world, we see stories. From people and objects to landscapes, everything makes sense to us because we innately know there’s a story behind them. Of course, some stories are more compelling than others. The more aware we are of what makes stories captivating, the better we can be at telling our own stories and making things that resonate with others. Christian Roman will share insights about the ways a story can influence and compel an audience.

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Christian Roman

Pixar Animation Studios

Christian Roman has been involved in telling stories with animation since 1994. He got his start as a storyboard artist and supervisor on The Simpsons. He then helped create and direct two shows for the Disney Channel, Fillmore! and American Dragon: Jake Long, and worked on several other shows, including Felix the Cat, King of the Hill, Lilo and Stitch, and eventually The Simpsons Movie. In 2007, Christian finally landed at Pixar Animation Studios to work on Toy Story 3. Today, he continues to craft engaging and entertaining stories at Pixar. He has taught classes on story at several schools, including Laguna College of Art and Design, the Animation Collaborative, and Bridges Animation Academy, and has been a featured speaker at Stanford University, Ancestry.com, and Epsilon SF.