Pixar Animators Motivational Persistence of Vision Letter

For those familiar with the legend of Walt Disney the phrase Persistence of Vision. It was the name of a Disney history magazine, but also stood in for Walt’s driving force. So when I read a letter from one Disney/Pixar animator to those wishing to become animators themselves, one word really stood out – Persist. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

In the letter, Pixar animator Austin Madison focuses on the word “persist” and how that has helped him stay creative in his career. Let’s read the letter: (click to embiggen if you can’t read in your browser)

That letter was found on the new blog Animator Letters Project. It’s very similar to Letters of Note (which also highlighted and transcribed Austin’s letter), but dedicated to inspiring animators. The blog is looking for more letters from animators, so if you qualify, please consider submitting.

Also check out Austin’s blog but beware of men wearing kilts.

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15 Responses to Pixar Animators Motivational Persistence of Vision Letter

  1. Kelly Light says:

    Persistence of Vision is also the term for how our brains fill in the image and the motion between the frames of an animated film.(or any film for that matter) I thought the metaphor is most effective when you know that it comes from an animation term. Thanks for sharing this reminder to all artists!

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  7. Jana Renner says:

    I love it. This pertains to much more than film too. I think with any business/industry success comes in spurts and helps us trudge through the other 97% of time when we feel that we’re not accomplishing enough. When you persist and everything clicks though, it makes it all worth it!

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