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Jinko Gotoh — Producer


What does it take to produce an animated movie? In this podcast, Chris meets talented and ambitious producer Jinko Gotoh, who has been a driving force behind pioneering, Oscar-nominated films including Space Jam, Dinosaur, Finding Nemo, The Illusionist, Klaus, and The LEGO Movie 2.

Jinko discusses her journey into movie-making, from being inspired by Lady and The Tramp and Astroboy to learning computer programming, starting a production company, and then shifting into the film industry. She talks about how technology has changed, and how her immigrant background and coding knowledge have helped her prolific career.


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0:04:34 Ladies, Tramps, and Astro Boys: Jinko's inspiration

0:09:07 Graduating from film school

0:14:17 Producing on "Space Jam" and starting a production company

0:20:00 "Dinosaur," "Finding Nemo" and the producer's role

0:23:34 Working with directors and finance

0:29:33 Practical steps to following your dreams

0:35:13 How technology has changed the industry

0:39:34 Why real-time is democratizing animation

0:44:46 The rise of documentary animation

0:53:42 Streaming platforms

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: October 24, 2022.
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