Episode One of a series of conversations with multi-faceted, multi-talented creatives. Jay Shuster designed the Pod Racers for Star Wars: Episode 1 before moving to Pixar and working on the realization of Wall-E. He has a particular knack for bringing life to inanimate objects, most notably the cars in Cars 2. A remarkable and prolific sketcher, in his spare time Jay also builds junk sculpture and furniture from reclaimed industrial parts.
I first interviewed Jay in 2011 for Drive and Curve magazines, and reconnected with him in 2014 because he was my ideal Multifarian: an innovator with fingers in the multiple pies of engineering, sculpture, pure animation and scavenging. His creations are always more than the sum of their parts.