What is your name and your current occupation?
Christian Roman, and Iâ€™m a story artist at Pixar.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
When I first moved to Los Angeles I did temp work at a medical supply rental company where I was put in charge of filing. Being a compulsive doodler, I couldnâ€™t help but redraw all of their labeling on the file cabinets. One file was for â€œDead Filesâ€, clients that were no longer active. The sign I drew for this file cabinet was of tombstones and such, not making the connection that it was a medical supply company and that the files were probably for literally dead clients. I was let go a few days after drawing that.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Iâ€™m probably the most proud of being a part of Toy Story 3, which was the most collaborative and creative project Iâ€™ve ever worked on. It was thrilling to be involved in not only drawing the story, but helping to collaboratively craft the story as well. The second would be Disneyâ€™s Fillmore!, which was also very collaborative and creative, and probably the most indicative of what I personally can do cinematically and artistically.Â Third, when I was on the Simpsons I put together a handout called â€˜Storyboarding the Simpsons Wayâ€™ which has taken on a life of itâ€™s own outside the studio, and Iâ€™m pretty proud of that. Â In fact, I once went to a lecture on storyboarding and the lecturer gave everyone a copy of it!
How did you become interested in animation?
As a kid, I always loved watching all kinds of animation, but I typically would draw superheroes rather than cartoony characters. It never occurred to me that animation was drawn by anyone, it just existed. Not until Continue reading