Alumni Spotlight | Jinko Gotoh (Film '82)

Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?
Michael Hausman taught the producing class. On the first day of class, he said, if you show up you will pass the course. If you miss three of more classes, you will fail... At the end of the semester he gave out couple of honors. And our reward was to PA on his Ragtime set. However we knew earlier that wasn't the way he got started in the business. So when I met a set PA, who had been doing this job for almost 10 years, I knew I had to find another way.

How did attending the School of the Arts impact your work and career as an artist?
We were taught not just the craft, but more importantly how to think by dissecting and criticizing great films.

About Jinko Gotoh
Jinko is a result-driven producer and consultant for the animation industry. She has worked on over 15 animated features. Her screen credits include executive producer for The Little Prince, directed by Mark Osborne, twice an Academy Award nominated director; co-executive producer for the Academy Award nominated The Illusionist, directed by Academy Award winning director Sylvain Chomet; co-producer for 9, directed by Academy Award nominated director Shane Acker; and associate producer on the Academy Award winning Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew Stanton. After leaving Pixar in 2003 her producing and consulting assignments have taken Jinko across the globe to Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, Korea, Luxemburg, Israel, New Zealand and the UK.
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