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Principles of Film Design with Dan Holland, Pixar Character Designer
Updated 2020-10-27

Fourth in the Live International Masterclass: Creativity & Design Online Series is a sharing by Dan Holland, a seasoned expert in the animation industry who has been with Pixar for 17 years as its animator and art director. Some of his notable works include The Incredibles, Inside Out, Toy Story 4, WALL-E and Cars. During his session, he talked about the overall principles of film design, specifically character design and set design, as well as his thinking and working process. He said that for him, “designing characters is about solving problems in the most entertaining way possible.” He encouraged the students to have passions and interests outside of their bubble to find inspiration and be supplied with a constant stream of fresh ideas.