Work In Progress
The Inventor

Conversation with director Jim Capobianco

In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
In English
FIAF Skyroom

In The Inventor, co-directors Jim Capobianco (Academy Award nominated writer of Ratatouille) and Pierre-Luc Granjon (La Grosse Bête, Molly in Springtime) bring to life one of the most insatiably curious and headstrong inventors in the world, Leonardo da Vinci. In this Work in Progress, Jim Capobianco will be on hand to discuss this much anticipated film with clips and images. He will address the creative choices he made with Granjon for their stop-motion and 2-D drawn adventure film and how they work as a team from LA and the South of France.

The Inventor is voiced by erudite comedian Stephen Fry (Leonardo) and Star Wars hero Daisy Ridley (Marguerite), and Marion Cotillard as Queen Louise, backed by a stellar creative team, including animation director Kim Keukeleire (Isle of Dogs, Fantastic Mr. Fox), and Tomm Moore (Wolfwalkers).

60 minutes

About Jim Capobianco

Jim Capobianco received the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille. He went on to write and direct the short film, Your Friend The Rat, found on the Ratatouille DVD, winning the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for short films.

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    • Capobianco followed YFtR up with directing the critically acclaimed end titles for Pixar’s 2008 release Wall•E.

      A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, Capobianco started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King. After five years at Disney, Capobianco relocated to Pixar Animation Studios where he was influential on the stories of many of Pixar’s films of the past 19 years, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, UP and Inside Out.

      In 2009 Capobianco finished Leonardo his first independent film, now in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC. In addition to his work as a filmmaker Capobianco co-created the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival now in its 9th year. Now with Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Capobianco is bringing his story and design expertise to the independent world of film and animation.