ACM SIGGRAPH 2020
Erica Milsom joined Pixar Animation Studios in October 2002. Milsom is an award-winning writer and director who most recently directed several episodes of the documentary series “Inside Pixar” available on Disney+ beginning November, 2020. “Inside Pixar” is a documentary series of personal
and cinematic stories that provide an inside look into the people, artistry, and culture of Pixar Animation Studios. Milsom’s work on “Inside Pixar” was informed by a decade spent directing the behind the scenes documentary content at the studio, a role she assumed in 2006.
As a documentary director at Pixar, Milsom has created hundreds of short pieces about the studios’ filmmaking process, exploring topics ranging from Pixar’s unique approach to character, world and story development, as well the extensive technical innovations made over the years. In this role, Milsom works directly with each film’s director and producer to highlight the ever-changing production process and unique elements that go into creating a Pixar film. She has told the behind-the-scenes stories for every Pixar film since “Cars,” including Academy Award©-winning “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” She recently completed work on the behind-the-scenes features for the studios’ Winter release “Soul,” coming to Disney+ on December 25, 2020.
Milsom also directed the Pixar SparkShorts film “Loop,” which tells the story of two kids adrift on a lake searching for a way to connect. “Loop” premiered on Disney+ in January, 2020 and was awarded “Best in Show” at the 2020 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival.
Additionally, Milsom has also directed many short “explainer films” and hybrid animation projects for the studio’s educational program “Pixar In A Box,” in partnership with Khan Academy, and content pieces for the exhibition “The Science Behind Pixar.” Milsom’s hybrid animation series, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs, done in conjunction with NASA, can be seen in the Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum.
Finally, when the lights go down on her work at Pixar, Milsom makes independent films. In 2017 Milsom’s first fiction film, “So Much Yellow,” a period piece set in the 1960s about a road trip that changed one family’s life forever, hit the festival circuit taking home the Austin Film Festival Audience Award as well as many other awards in festivals across the country. In 2016 her pilot; Diana and The Cake Boys; won the notice of IFP and was included in their Screen Forward Lab and Film Week in New York City. And in 2015, she directed a feature documentary, “Snow Day – Life, Death and Skiing” about a group of senior skiers whose dedication to the sport and their friendship proves that adventure is truly ageless.
Prior to her career at Pixar, Milsom was a program developer and job coach for the Volunteer Center of San Francisco where she worked with adults and youth with disabilities. Prior to that, she worked in non-formal education projects in the Oakland, San Francisco, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nepal. Milsom continues to volunteer with local non-profits that create economic, creative and social opportunities within her community.
Milsom currently resides in Richmond, CA.