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Meet the Women of Starling
November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
Join us for our latest Professional Growth Program discussion — Meet the Women of STARLING. This event is your chance to meet the incredibly talented women who are the driving force behind STARLING, winner of the Best Animated Short prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Celine You is an art director and visual designer currently working at Google Doodle. She is passionate about creating stylized and memorable visual experiences to tell meaningful stories. Before joining Google, she worked as a character designer at Pixar on several feature films and short films including Turning Red, Soul, Toy Story 4, Kitbull, and Wind. In her spare time, she loves collaborating with artists on various projects. In 2021, she art directed a short film called Opera, which was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category. If not doing art, she enjoys hiking and climbing rocks, staying as close as possible to nature.
Mary Coleman is the Chief Creative Officer of Locksmith Animation. Based in London and LA, Locksmith is an independent producer of high-quality animated features and series for global audiences. Mary joined the leadership team in 2022, after 23 years at Pixar where she was Head of Development. Before Pixar, she was the Associate Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, where she directed world premieres of new American plays. In 1999, Pixar Co-founder Ed Catmull brought her in to build their development department.
She was the first woman to participate in Pixar’s Brain Trust, providing creative feedback from development through production. Coleman co-founded The Story, Art, and Animation Artista groups. These successful Pixar programs empowered female artists, and paved the way for them to become directors, supervisors, and studio leads. She is also known for having launched many screenwriting careers.
During her tenure, Pixar created a legacy of modern classics including Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3 &4, Brave, Inside Out, Coco, Soul, and Turning Red among others.
Coleman holds a BA in Literature from Amherst College and an MFA in Theater Directing from the University of California at San Diego.
Winner of the Best Animated Short prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, STARLING was made remotely by a global community of 70+ diverse artists and animators from 14 different countries, STARLING was produced through Pixar’s co-op program which allows employees to leverage equipment available at the studio to further their own creative pursuits in their free time.
To View STARLING
Directed by Mitra Shahidi
STARLING tells the story of a mischievous star spirit that travels home to Istanbul to celebrate her birthday with her family one last time. After being blown off course, she must maneuver through the city before time runs out.