Thursday, August 18, 2005
Joe Ranft (1960-2005)
Joe Ranft, one of the most beloved, talented and inspirational people I have ever met, died in a car accident on Tuesday. He was a great friend, teacher, artist...there are so many great qualities he had, it is impossible to list them all. Joe was the heart and soul of the story department and of Pixar. In my mind he was the King of Story, the one who presided over all of us with his leadership, guidance, support, and talent, none of which ever went to his head. He was a unifier, a motivator, always positive and supportive. He was totally comfortable being the boss as well as one of the guys. He helped to nurture those who were just starting out and brought to Pixar many who were to become our top talents. We owe so much to Joe. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.
Read what Ronnie Del Carmen and many others had to say about Joe on Ronnie's blog.