Building and Sustaining: Catmull believes that we all have our own mental models that determine how we see the world—what we filter out. To sustain creativity and energy, Catmull developed 8 mechanisms. Here are some of them.
1. Solving problems together as a group. Editors, animators and others showed their dailies in early form, making them all vulnerable and exposing them to differing points of view.
2. Taking research trips. The teams visited venues that helped the film. For example, when working on Ratatouille, the team went to Paris to eat! 3.
Conducting short experiments. Producing short films helped the teams test out new technologies and stories by experimenting.
4. Learning to see. Catmull brought in an artist to teach the teams to be more observant.