What happens when mathematics, science and art meet up? In this talk, you may see that the result is nothing short of magic.

Who is she?:

Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Feinberg was the director of photography for lighting on Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning films WALL-E and Brave and is now working on Pixar’s upcoming film, Coco.

Why should I watch?:

Feinberg’s love of combining computers and art began when she was eight years old and first programmed a Logo turtle to create images. This eventually led her to a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Harvard University. Now, in addition to her Pixar work, she mentors teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue code, math and science.

Discussion questions:

  1. In terms of her own development in childhood and adolescence, what were the most important factors for her growth and development.
  2. When you think about your future life-path goals, can you imagine how non-required subjects in math or science could be an advantage?
  3. Besides your current major, list 5 other areas of study that you consider interesting.
  4. Now here is the difficult question. Going back to question 3 (above), what is preventing you from pursuing one of those areas?

The Magic Ingredient That Brings Pixar Movies to Life with Danielle Feinberg


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