Ed Catumll – Creativity Inc: Interview – GLS15

Brian Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Ed has been honored with five Academy Awards, including a Technical Achievement Award, two Scientific and Engineering Awards, and one Academy Award of Merit for his work. In 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Catmull with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry.

He he was also interviewed by Bill Hybels at the 2015 Global Leadership Summit. Here are some highlights!

Global Leadership Summit


One of the great misconceptions of our time is that art and science are incongruous – but creativity is the same on both sides.

A lot of people misconceive stories… they think of them as entertainment a way to wind down etc. but stories are the way we communicate with eachother. i.e. parent to child, in school, etc.

The Good stories are the ones that connect with the emotions.

You aren’t going to tell a good story till you learn to communicate with people on a deeper level.

The Braintrust

  • Peers talking to peers
  • In that room – there is no power structure (people already feel vulnerable if they feel like someone is already going to override them they won’t expose themselves.)
  • They have a vested interest in eachother’s success

Creativity is about solving problems. Coming up with solutions is a creative act.

Fail early, fail fast, it’s a part of the creative process. (We aren’t saying you NEED to fail, just that we need to make it safe to fail – because in doing this you will progress faster.)

Stories are what going to be what change our world. (Education, Marketing, Movies, etc.) You can abuse it but you can also use it for good.


Published by cwoznicki

Chris Woznicki is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He works as the regional training associate for the Los Angeles region of Young Life.

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