Alum Jonas Rivera Discusses Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Monday, August 04, 2014
COMINGSOON.NET -- “Inside Out” easily won over a small audience of press with a presentation by director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera. “We’re pouring our lives into this one,” said Rivera, who opened with a cute anecdote about how he originally joined the company. He had just graduated from San Francisco State University’s College of Liberal and Creative Arts when he called up the then-decidedly-smaller Pixar, inquiring as to whether or not they might have an internship program. “No,” a voice told him. “But come on down! We need help!” That was 1994, the summer before the studio released its very first feature film, “Toy Story.” Since then, “Pixar’s First Intern” has risen through the ranks and produced 2009’s Academy Award-winning “Up,” directed by Docter (who had previously directed the studio’s “Monsters, Inc.”). Twenty years later, Rivera is standing next Docter, one year away for their second big project together: “Inside Out.”