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Pixar’s Jim Capobianco Offers Advice on Short Filmmaking

Leo still by Jim Capobianco

Jim Capobianco, Pixar story artist and director of the short Your Friend the Rat, is nearing the end of production on Leonardo, a personal short of his own. He’s been documenting the production on a production blog at Last week Jim started a series of blog posts called ” 10 things I’ve learned in making a short film.” The advice in these posts is wonderfully informative and in-depth. Jim openly shares his experiences and offers case-specific examples in every blog entry. Moreover, his tips are applicable not just to short filmmakers but anybody involved in a creative endeavor. As a writer and editor, I was reminded of good work habits that will help forward my book projects. Here are links to the tips that Jim has shared so far:

1) Those helping you need to get something out of it too
2) Have a plan
3) Goals Goals Goals
4) 5 minutes a day
5) Chunks of Time

  • I don’t know how I originally heard about this short but I was following it for awhile, and then it looked like it wasn’t developing fast enough (for me) so I stopped looking. To see that it is not only still going but that JimC is projecting a completion in 2009 is very inspirational – and a lesson to me that I learn over and over again – Good things take time, perseverance and don’t happen when I want them to but when they are ready. I am so looking forward to seeing Leo upon completion!

  • Life is short. And there’s nothing short about a short.

  • I’ve been using Jim’s blog as inspiration for when I work on my short film, even printing out his previous posts about 5 Minutes A Day and keeping them up around my workspace as a constant reminder. Glad to see him putting everything that he’s learned into a series on making a short film. I’ll definitely use his insight as more inspiration. Thanks for the heads up.