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Nicole Grindle
Producer, Pixar
Pixar's 'Sanjay's Super Team'
Thursday, September 17, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room
The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short “Sanjay’s Super Team"
Saturday, September 19, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Nicole Paradis Grindle joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1995 as producer of the (Toy Story Activity Center) interactive computer game. Since then she has managed numerous departments on many of Pixar’s feature films, including (A Bug’s Life), (Monster’s Inc.), and the Academy Award®-winning feature (The Incredibles). Grindle acted as the production manager on Pixar’s Oscar®-nominated short (One Man Band) and on Pixar’s Oscar®-winning feature (Ratatouille). Grindle then moved on to serve as the associate producer for both (Toy Story 3) and (Monsters University). Most recently, Grindle produced Pixar’s newest short film, (Sanjay’s Super Team), which will screen in front of (The Good Dinosaur), in November 2015.

Grindle came to Pixar with seven years of animation related production experience. At Colossal Pictures she worked on numerous projects including MTV’s (Liquid Television) as associate producer and (The Wish That Changed Christmas) as producer. She began her feature film career at Industrial Light and Magic on (Who Framed Roger Rabbit).

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Grindle graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and holds a Master of Arts degree in Documentary Film from Stanford University.

Grindle currently resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Nicole Grindle
 
Sanjay Patel
Animator, Pixar
Pixar's 'Sanjay's Super Team'
Thursday, September 17, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room
The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short “Sanjay’s Super Team"
Saturday, September 19, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Sanjay Patel joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1996 an animator on (A Bug’s Life.) Since then he has animated on many of Pixar’s feature films, including (Toy Story 2,) (Monster’s Inc.,) (The Incredibles,) (Ratatouille,) (Cars,) (Toy Story 3) and (Monsters University.) In addition to animating, Patel also storyboarded extensively for (Monster’s Inc.,) (The Incredibles”) and (Toy Story 2.) For the Cars Toons (Mater’s Tall Tales,) Patel stepped up to act as the Animation Supervisor on many of the shorts in the series. Most recently, Patel made his directing debut with Pixar’s short film, (Sanjay’s Super Team,) which will screen in front of (The Good Dinosaur,) in 2015.

Growing up in San Bernardino, CA, in a Gujarati family, Patel’s earliest artistic influences stemmed from two very different worlds: comic books and Saturday morning cartoons, and the Hindu gods and spiritual culture that came to define his upbringing. After pursuing his artistic interests at the Cleveland Institute for the Arts, Cal-Arts, and Pixar, Patel eventually turned his attention back to his roots, and began creating art, graphic novels and picture books that re-envisioned Hindu mythology in a modern, pop-culture way.

(Sanjay’s Super Team) is Patel’s personal story and a “mostly true” chronicle of his journey to understand the Hindu world so important to his parents.

Patel currently resides in Oakland with his fiancé and their son.
Sanjay Patel
 
Dan Sarto
Publisher, Co-founder, Animation World Network
Pixar's 'Sanjay's Super Team'
Thursday, September 17, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Château Laurier - Adam Room

Dan Sarto is co-founder and publisher of Animation World Network, AWN.com, the largest, most comprehensive and respected source for animation news and information resources on the Internet. Key publications and industry portal websites include Animation World Magazine, Animation World Network Television (AWNtv.com), VFX World Magazine (VFXWorld.com) the Animation Blogspot (Animationblogspot.com), the Animation Industry Database (AIDB.com), the Animation Flash, AWN Spotlight, AWNtv Spotlight and VFXNewswire newsletters.
Dan Sarto