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An Argentine who builds worlds

Gastón Ugarte is the only Argentine to work in Pixar animation studios. There, he is in charge of creating the magical worlds of movies.

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If someone asks Tucuman Gastón Ugarte what he is working on, he may well answer “ I build worlds” . It happens that Gaston lives in a fantasy environment much of his day: he is in charge of supervising the modeling of sets and environments for the animation studio Pixar , creator of films such as Toy Story, The Incrediblesand Up.

Since he was a kid, he knew what his fate would be. He loved drawing and dreamed of working on it. At the age of 15, he traveled to America for a student exchange and did not hesitate: he wrote a letter to Disney studios with his drawings . They answered him, but they sent him to continue studying. He returned to Argentina and began his career in Architecture, while trying to enter one of the most prestigious universities in United States. At the age of 20, he emigrated to the northern country and finally began to study illustration. Then he discovered the animation and decided that that was the path he wanted to take.

Years later, he started working at Sony Pictures Animation. But one day came the opportunity I was waiting for: Pixar I was looking for modelers for his movie Wall-E. Since then, he has already been more than ten years in the studio, where he worked in Up, Valiente, A great dinosaur and the specials that are made forToy TV Story and Coco .

A little bit of Argentina

As we said, Gaston and his team create the worlds of films, that is, everything that is not the characters. That allows him, at times, to bring a little of his much-missed Argentina to the productions. As in the case of Coco: Santa Cecilia, the place where Miguel is born, has an air to the Jujeño village of Purmamarca, because there Gastón had been before start work on the film.

An Argentine around the world who leaves a bit of us in some of the most successful films in the industry of the cinema.

Publication Date: 10/08/2020

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