International Conference on Animation,
Effects, VR, Games and Transmedia
April 24 - 27, Stuttgart, Germany

Program 2016


Visual Design of The Good Dinosaur

Sharon Calahan (Pixar)

A behind the scenes look at the goals and challenges of creating the look for The Good Dinosaur.

Sharon Calahan

Sharon Calahan, Director of Photography, Pixar Animation Studios,

Sharon Calahan joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1994 as lighting supervisor on the studio’s first feature film, “Toy Story.” She then served as director of photography on “A Bug's Life,” “Toy Story 2,” and the Academy Award®-winning features “Ratatouille” and “Finding Nemo.” She worked in the same role on Disney•Pixar’s Golden Globe®-nominated feature, “Cars 2.” Most recently she was the visual designer, and director of photography for lighting on Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.”

Calahan studied graphic design, illustration and photography. Following art school, she began her career as an art director for broadcast television and video production.  Prior to joining Pixar, she was a lighting director at Pacific Data Images completing commercial work, longer format television, and graphics packages.  She is a member of the cinematography branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). 

Located in Emeryville, California, Pixar Animation Studios has created acclaimed animated features and short films for over 25 years.  Pixar is also home to the RenderMan line of software products.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and the MFG Film Funding, taking place in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, ACM SIGGRAPH and the World Building Institute, supported by Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), AMD, AutodeskBackstage, Epic Games and Mackevision. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Day (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS).