It’s real, I told you it was. And now I have pictures to prove it – Monsters University does exist! I’ve been there. I walked through the wrought iron gates and onto the campus lawns of Monsters University located inside – the start to my exciting Pixar Animation Studios tour.
As soon as we stepped off the school bus, we were welcomed by the University Drum Corp. They were totally cooler than the band geeks at my high school!
We headed down the main pathway because before we could attend classes, we had to get our Student I.D.’s.
That’s right folks it was picture day at school.
Then we met a few of our fellow cast mates – you might know them – Mr. James P. Sullivan and the one and only Mike Wazowski.
I stopped by the student bulletin board for all of the happenings and there was even a poster for a missing eyeball? Hope someone turns it in!
After a 40 minute video (aka the first 40 minutes of Monsters University) we were turned loose to sign up for clubs and greek life. There were so many to choose from Books Worms, MU Debate, Art Club, Improv and more.
Once we were registered and settled into our dorms, we found this student mixer that was raging that night and scored all sorts of delicious eats like a chocolate cup of joy, a mini toffee, chocolate, salt cup of love and even champagne! I ate everything so fast that I didn’t even have time to take a picture. Believe me, it was much better than the standard Top Ramen dinner I usually have!
The next morning we got up bright and early to head into a full day of school with 5 classes. I’m still gathering my notes, but I’ll share them with you soon (don’t worry, definitely before the test!).
*UPDATE* My notes from class are finally up! You can see them here:
- SOCIOLOGY 203: Deconstruction of a Character with Ricky Nierva (Production Designer) & Jason Deamer (Character Art Director)
- ENGLISH 101: How to Tell a Great Story with Instructor Kelsey Mann (Story Supervisor)
- PHYSICS 250: Global Illumination with JC Kalache (DP-Lighting), Sanjay Bakshi (Tech Dir) & Christine Waggoner (Simulation)
- DRAMATIC ARTS: Bringing a Character to Life with Instructor Scott Clark (Supervising Animator)
- ANTHROPOLOGY 152: Monsterizing the World w Dice Tsutsumi (Shading/Lighting Art Director) & Robert Kondo (Sets Art Director)
Speaking of tests, we each had to perform a placement test to see where we stood on the Scare-O-Meter.
It wasn’t until our second day at Monsters University, that I was really able to soak it in. Pixar Animation Studios was everything you envision. There was a ton of natural light, clean work spaces and open layout plans. The passion and creativity surrounded you in such thickness that you could not help but to be inspired.
I think that the recreational outnumbered work spaces with a pool table, foosball tables, comfortable couches, new and retro video games and more.
The walls were covered with giant artwork depicting scenes from DisneyPixar movies including a huge Mural of Monsters University.
We even got to see the world famous cereal bar.
The beautiful architecture and artwork wasn’t limited to the walls. Even the ceilings in the Steve Job wing were beautiful.
The recreation extended past the lounge too. With bean bag chairs to sit on and a pool to swim in after long hours of tedious details. I knew right away that I was going to love this place! In the end, we all graduated with flying colors.
Be sure to stay tuned for in depth notes on my classes and what Mike and Sully are up to these days!
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