Pixar Animation Studios
Bill Cone joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1992 as a freelancer. Cone was asked by John Lasseter to develop studies of neighborhoods for an animated Christmas television special for Disney, about toys that came to life. The TV special eventually became the groundbreaking animated feature film “Toy Story,” leading to a full-time position for Cone, as a set designer on the project.
For Pixar’s next two films, “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story 2,” Cone served as production designer and co-production designer, respectively. For the Golden Globe® nominated “Cars,” Cone split the production designer credit with Bob Pauley, and was responsible for the overall look of the film’s various environments, color design and sets. Cone also contributed his talents to the Academy Award® winning “Up.”
In addition to his work on Pixar’s feature films, Cone has worked on a number of short films including the Cars Toons “Air Mater” and “Time Travel Mater.” He shared production designer credit with Robert Kondo for the Oscar® nominated “La Luna.”
Most recently, Cone worked on the color for the exterior landscapes of Disney’s California Adventure’s “Cars Land,” which opened on June 15, 2012.
Cone cites such disparate influences as Mad magazine – and the fine art of painters John Singer Sargent, Richard Diebenkorn and Maynard Dixon – as inspiration for his more than fifteen years of design work at Pixar. He is also a landscape painter, working primarily outdoors, and has exhibited his work in galleries and shows throughout California. The study of light and color in nature has been an ongoing source of inspiration for his work in film.
Prior to Pixar, Cone worked for many years as a staff illustrator for the “San Francisco Chronicle” and did a short stint as a set designer on the film “Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Bill graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s of art in fine art and earned a bachelor’s of art in illustration from Art Center College of Design. He resides in Moraga, Calif., with his wife, two children, two dogs, and two cats.