Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2021

Pixar "Soul" Talk with Trevor Jimenez and Mike Jones

Expired July 26, 2021 6:45 AM
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BAICFF 2021 sits down with the filmmakers of Pixar’s "SOUL", Trevor Jimenez (Story Lead) and Mike Jones (Writer) to talk about story development. How do they do that?

Trevor Jimenez - Story Lead

TREVOR JIMENEZ is a Canadian born director/story artist living in Berkeley, who has worked at Pixar for the last 8 years (Finding Dory, Coco, Soul). His film ‘Weekends’ (2017) was nominated for an Academy Award, and won the Audience & Jury Prize Crystals at Annecy as well as the 2019 Annie Award for Best Animated Short. Currently Trevor is collaborating with Chris Sasaki on their own original project for Pixar after serving as Story Lead and Story Supervisor on Pete Docter’s latest film “Soul” (2020).

Mike Jones - Writer

Mike Jones has been a writer and story consultant to Pixar Animation Studios since June 2013, and joined the studio full-time in March 2017. He has served on the brain trusts of many Pixar films including “Finding Dory,” “Incredibles 2,” and the Academy Award©-winning features “Inside Out,” “Coco,” and “Toy Story 4.” He also serves on the story trusts of many SparkShorts as well as features in early development. He also co-wrote Pixar’s Academy Award©-winning feature film “Soul,” which debuted on Disney+ on December 25, 2020. His most recent project was co-writing Pixar’s upcoming feature film “Luca,” releasing on Disney+ on June 18, 2021. 

As a senior story and creative artist, Jones works with the director to develop a story in its early stages. Together, they explore characters and character arcs, with Jones writing various script drafts until it’s cohesive. After early development, Jones continues to work with the production departments on the different versions of the reels by rewriting every sequence as needed, consulting on storyboards, and advising on editorial assemblies.

Before joining Pixar, Jones was a working screenwriter for 20 years, writing scripts for nearly every major Hollywood studio. Prior to screenwriting, he served on the editorial staffs of Filmmaker Magazine, IndieWire, and Variety.

Jones grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and attended NYU Film School. He lived in New York for 16 years before moving to Los Angeles. He currently resides in Northern California.

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