Disney+ and Pixar Animation Studios have released the official trailer for the upcoming feature-length documentary A Spark Story, directed by Jason Sterman and Leanne Dare of Supper Club (Chef’s Table), that “takes an intimate look at Pixar’s SparkShorts filmmaking process as two directors strive to get their uniquely personal SparkShorts visions on screen,” according to the logline.
“A Spark Story introduces Aphton Corbin (director Twenty Something) and Louis Gonzales (director Nona) who navigate the emotional rollercoaster of stepping into a leadership role and inspiring their crews,” reads the official synopsis. “Giving audiences an exclusive and immersive look at the filmmakers and their films, the documentary explores the creative philosophy that makes Pixar unique.”
Check out the official trailer below:
“I think viewers will be most surprised by how much personal storytelling is involved in the Pixar filmmaking process. It takes so many people to bring one of these films to life, and you can feel the filmmakers’ personal touches in every aspect of the films. Hopefully A Spark Story will give audiences a greater sense of the people and personalities who bring these types of films to life,” said Sterman.
“Like Louis and Aphton, this was our first time directing, so we could relate to a lot of the experiences they were going through,” added Dare. “We found ourselves in the same situations trying to find our story, figuring out how to lead our team and getting comfortable trusting our instincts—taking leaps of faith and knowing we’ll figure out how to land. This helped us connect to their stories and appreciate their unique approaches to storytelling.”
A Spark Story is a co-production of Pixar and Supper Club. Produced by Sterman, Brian McGinn, and David Gelb in collaboration with Pixar, A Spark Story launches on Disney+ on September 24, 2021.