Co-Director/Writer, Pixar Animation Studios
Art Director, Pixar Animation Studios
Closed captions in English, French, German, and Japanese will be available for this session by October 26.
Join a conversataion with director and screenwriter, Kemp Powers and PIXAR art director Paul Abadilla as they talk about the upcoming PIXAR movie, SOUL.
Technical Level: General Audience
Track: Illustration and Digital Painting, Graphic Design
Audience: Graphic Designer, Motion Graphics/Visual Effects Artist, Illustrator
Pixar Animation Studios
Kemp Powers began at Pixar Animation Studios in August 2018. He is currently the writer and co-director on Disney and Pixar’s feature film “Soul,” which is set to release on November 20, 2020.
Powers grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He attended both Howard University and the University of Michigan. Prior to Pixar, Powers was an award-winning playwright, television and film screenwriter, and journalist. His play “One Night in Miami...” received three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards and four NAACP Theatre Awards, and was nominated for the 2017 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. He adapted it into a feature film, which is being directed by Academy Award-winning actress Regina King. He was a writer for the television show “Star Trek: Discovery” and has toured nationally as a storyteller for the Peabody Award-winning series, “The Moth.”
He currently resides in Los Angeles and Emeryville, CA.
Paul Abadilla began his career at Pixar Animation Studios as an art intern in June 2008. Abadilla has contributed to the making of several Pixar feature films including “Monsters University,” “Finding Dory,” “Cars 3,” and “Incredibles 2.” He has also worked on Academy Award©-winning films “Brave” and “Inside Out.” Additionally, he has worked on Pixar short films “The Blue Umbrella,” “LAVA,” “Sanjay’s Super Team,” and Pixar’s first television special “Toy Story of Terror!.” Abadilla was also the production designer for Pixar’s Spark shorts film “Loop.” Most recently, Abadilla was an art director on Disney and Pixar’s upcoming feature film “Soul,” which is set to release in theaters on November 20, 2020.
In his current role as sets art director, Abadilla is responsible for directing designers and sets technical artists in collaboration with key technical leads to develop and execute the sets for computerized three-dimensional characters and environments. He also leads a team of artists in exploring the visual look of a film, and then creates specifications to guide sets and props development throughout the production process.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Abadilla moved to California at the age of seven, and was raised in Milpitas and San Jose, CA. He studied Animation/Illustration at San Jose State University. Prior to joining Pixar, he was a visual development intern at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Abadilla currently resides in Alameda, CA.
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