The Science of Pixar

image of our group of FastForward Adventure Reporters on location at Pixar's headquarters

Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist & Research Leader

BY Isabel Angel, Aiden Ament, Lola Daley, Adriana Golden, Gillian Friend, Carissa Lee, Shyla Lensing, Jonah Kernis, Jane Merkle, Abby Smith, Cole Summers, Giselle Turchon, Lilly Wanninger and Sophia Zoog; from Bel-Aire, Branson, Gate AcaDemy, Marin Academy, Hall Middle, Kent Middle, Marin Catholic, Marin Montessori, Miller Creek Middle, Mill Valley Middle, Marin Waldorf and San Rafael High Schools

A darkened movie theatre. “Please silence your phone before the movie starts,” an audio speaker booms. The screen bursts to life, and the iconic Pixar logo appears across it, complete with the mischievous letter-crushing lamp that first debuted in the short film Luxo Jr. nearly thirty years ago. Since then, young and old alike have enjoyed Pixar Animation Studios’ slew of classic computer animated films, with titles like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles entertaining millions through their hilarious, thrilling, and moving storytelling.

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Audrey Cooper, SF Chronicle Editor in Chief

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An Interview with Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief at the San Francisco Chronicle

By Aiden Ament, Lulu Barron, Michele Bear, Maddie Bruce, Jade Cooper, Jacie Datnow, Ariel Dunbar, Hayley Grimshaw, Caroline Hanson, Katrina Horsey, Robert Lammers, Maia Manzagol, Maddy O’hara, and Wheeler Young; from Davidson Middle School, Drew, Gate Academy, Marin Academy, Marin School of the Arts, Novato High School, Redwood High School, San Domenico and St. Ignatius Preparatory High Schools

Rising up from the ocean and barricaded by the tall buildings and headlands, the misty fog covered the city like a blanket. On the corner of the street, a clock tower rose up from the cement, the shorter part of the building jutting out on either side. Hovering above the entrance were the words: San Francisco Chronicle.

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Facebook's Menlo Park Campus

FastForward visits Facebook's Menlo Park Campus

ON LOCATION - October 2014

By Aidan Ament, Brianna Bernal, Margot Bickler, Joe Blair, Gemma Calandra, Bennet Carbone, Luca Evans, Madeleine Hawkes, Scott Hogan, Lauren Hopper, Nick Kostanecki, Ian Leonhardt, Rachel Richman, Eddie Rohosy, Jack Rousseau, Elena Sandell, Avery Van Ingen, Christine Watridge, Adley Weschler, Arthur Weschler, Aisha Whitney and Ellie Wynne; From The Bay School, Brandeis-Hillel Day, Branson, Convent of the Sacred Heart, GATE Academy, Katherine Delmar Burke, Marin Academy, Marin Catholic, Marin School of the Arts, Redwood High, San Domenico, Sir Francis Drake High, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Tamalpais High and Urban School

Image of the FastForward Adventure Reporters on site at Facebook's Menlo Park campus What comes to mind when you think of an office building: bland cubicles, with employees hunched over their computers, mindlessly working in stale air? Come experience the magic of the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California. It was like being transported to a completely different world, where workspaces become playgrounds for the imagination. Picture influences of The Grove in Los Angeles, an amusement park, with a twist of the tech industry, and you have the Facebook offices. The campus was created to look like a miniature town and was designed and built by architects who helped create Disneyland.

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