Louis Gonzales is the latest director to create a short for Pixar’s Sparkshorts series, a program that gives creators a limited amount of resources with which to create a short about virtually any subject.
His short, Nona, which he worked on with producer Courtney Kent, will soon premiere on Disney+. At a recent Pixar press conference, Gonzales shared what led him to his current position at the studio, including one specific art style he had a particular affinity for.
Director Louis Gonzales On His Short Film Nona
Gonzales shared how he “fell in love with graffiti” as a teenager because of the “community of artists” it provided him with, describing the way that community would “just share art and talk about what [they wanted] to do” in their lives.
The director also explained that while he didn’t get good grades and didn’t get into schools as a result, he managed to make connections that got him into positions at Warner Bros. Animation, and later Pixar.
When it comes to creative endeavors, connections are key, and the story Gonzales shared about his career is proof that things looked down upon by some – such as being involved with a stigmatized art form and not doing well in a scholarly setting – aren’t always as big of setbacks as some may say. In fact, in the case of the passion for graffiti Gonzales had, it actually helped shape his career.
Nona will premiere on Disney+ September 17. Let us know what you think of the new short in the comment section below or over on our social media!