Sharon Calahan, director of photography at Pixar, Golden Romics XXI edition


Sharon Calahan will be one of the special guests at the next edition of Romics (6 - 9 April 2017). The American artist will be awarded the Golden Romics and will retrace her director of photography career with the animated films of Disney Pixar, from “Toy Story” to “The Good Dinosaur”.      


Sharon Calahan knew from the age of  three that she wanted to be an artist for Disney. She joined Pixar in 1994 as a lighting supervisor on “Toy Story”, the first feature-length animation from the studio. She then worked as director of photography on “A Bug’s Life”, “Toy Story 2” and the Oscar-winning “Ratatouille” and “Finding Nemo”. She went on to play the same role in the Disney Pixar production “Cars 2”, which was nominated for a Golden Globe. More recently, she was the visual designer and director of photography of the Disney Pixar film “The Good Dinosaur”.  


It was in this film that the technique of painting realism was introduced, a realism due to the simulation of a painting. A new visual effect that Calahan calls “painting with light”.


The artist of the Everyville studios studied graphic design, illustration and photography. After art school, she began her career as an artistic director for television programs and video productions. Prior to joining Pixar, she was lighting director at Pacific Data Images. She is a member of the Cinematographers’ branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences and of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).


The meeting with Sharon Calahan at Romics is a unique opportunity to discover the secrets of the characters and of the new technique of painting realism. An unmissable exhibition is also dedicated to the work of Calahan which includes the author’s masterpieces that inspired the Directors of some of the most famous animated films of recent years


Romics celebrates the presence of Sharon Calahan with numerous events on the program and with the awarding of the Golden Romics: The prize awarded to the great international masters of comics and animation on the final day of the Festival.