Born and raised in Rockport, Massachusetts, Stanton earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Character Animation from the California Institute of Arts in 1992. Stanton moved to San Francisco, California in 1992 and soon got a job as a 2D assistant animator on “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at Skellington Productions. he went on to work at Colossal Pictures on a number of projects, also in 2D animation. Stanton then returned to Skellington Productions to work on “James and the Giant Peach.” After a short stint at Wild Brain Studios, he was hired at Pixar. Nathan Station began his career at Pixar in June 1996 as a story artist for Pixar’s second feature film, “A Bug’s Life”, and has worked on many of the studio’s successes since then. Stanton has contributed his storyboarding talents to “Toy Story 2”, “Monster Inc.”, and the Academy Award winning feature films “Finding Nemo”, “Ratatouille”, “Wall-E”, “Brave”, and “Coco”. He also served as Head of Story for “Cars 2” and “The Blue Umbrella” short. In the story department, Statnon and his team work very closely with the film’s director and writer (often times the same person) to create the story itself. Through storyboards, the team visualizes the film in drawn sequences and works on the acting, staging, composition and editing to create the film before it is animated. The story reels created are then screened for other teams at Pixar, and revised and refined to make the story as strong as possible. Most recently, Stanton has moved on from Pixar and become an independent contractor – storyboarding on upcoming feature films “The Toymaker’s Secret’ (stop motion/live action) and “Bubbles” (stop motion) along with several other projects in the works. He currently lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two children.

Artist Credits

  • A Bug’s Life
  • Toy Story 2
  • Monters Inc.
  • Finding Nemo
  • Ratatouille
  • Wall-E
  • Brave
  • Coco
  • Cars 2
  • The Blue Umbrella
  • The Toy Maker’s Secret
  • Bubbles
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas