Are you a John Lasseter or Brad Bird wannabe? Check this out. The place I have always fantasized about working--assuming that I had the necessary skill-set, which I don't--is Pixar, in Emeryville, in the Bay Area. I actually applied for a long-shot marketing job there once. Not only do they make the best movies on the planet, year in year out--ten for ten blockbusters to date, and I'll lay odds that Toy Story 3 beats How to Train Your Dragon and takes this year's number one summer spot--but I've visited the campus, and it's fabulous. It's the kind of place where bicycles line the hallways and folks like Lasseter use their offices to display their toy collections. These people are not only seriously talented, but seriously cool.
And they're hiring. "You never forgot the feeling of making your first Flip Book," reads the banner headline for Pixar's online ad promoing the company's job opportunities for animators. Upcoming Pixar reports that Pixar has a lot on its plate, including Brave and Monsters, Inc. 2, scheduled for release in 2012; "Pixar Canada is also gearing up to produce Cars and Toy Story shorts very soon."