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Matthew Luhn          

Former Pixar Animator, Story Artist, Creativity Expert & Author

Matthew Luhn is an accomplished storyteller, instructor, motivational keynote speaker, and story consultant, with over 20 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios.

Alongside his story work in Hollywood, Luhn works with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and other professionals how to craft and tell stories that bridge the gap between business and heart to build stronger brands and business communication.

Luhn's most recent clients include Adidas, Target, Coke, Procter and Gamble, Facebook, Warner Brothers, Sony, and Google.

Luhn's story credits include Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, Ratatouille and other films currently in development.

With over 20 years experience creating and developing dozens of films, TV shows, and video games, at Pixar, "The Simpsons," ILM, and other studios, Luhn knows what it takes to create memorable stories with enduring characters.

From filmmaking to business, Luhn's story talks are beneficial to anybody wanting to improve their story skills, or learn the persuasion of great storytelling. In Luhn's story seminar, he will share his process for creating new ideas and characters, how to develop great stories and story structure, and how to realize your story ideas from script to storyboards to finished product.

Speech Topics


Storytelling is the #1 business skill necessary to connect, motivate, and lead people in today’s world. Stories compel us to engage in experiences, learn lessons, and define our values and ourselves within our organization.

Matthew Luhn, former 20 year Pixar story artist and animator, brings his experience creating and developing 10 blockbuster films at Pixar, and provides practical strategies that teach and inspire people and teams to connect more effectively with audiences.

Matthew uses the power of storytelling to bridge the gap between business and heart, driving your story toward one unforgettable selling point.


Big data is changing everything from content development to culture itself. Matthew Luhn, former 20 year Pixar story artist and animator, will share how big data is being used to create great stories and characters in Hollywood and beyond.

Matthew’s experience and insight will empower and inspire publishers, advertisers and innovators on how to forge stronger, more meaningful connections with consumers.


When your company’s product or service appears similar to your competitor’s offerings, how can you differentiate and get consumers to notice? In this enlightening and entertaining talk, Matthew Luhn, accomplished writer and story artist on the Toy Story films, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, UP, and Ratatouille, will share his methods and experiences working with Pixar and advising other Fortune 500 companies. Audiences will learn how to innovate, differentiate and stay relevant in today’s business world, creating more value and winning customer loyalty.


One of the most essential resources for any business to stay competitive is new ideas that spark innovation. Matthew Luhn, former 20 year Pixar story artist and animator, participated in building and sustaining the creative culture at Pixar from startup to the most successful filmmaking group in the history of Hollywood.

Matthew’s engaging and action-oriented talk will provide strategies on how to create a culture that encourages and nurtures new ideas, and embraces fear and failing as a necessary part of the creative process. He demonstrates how to empower relationships and build trust through authentic communication.


Every film and business needs an effective leader to inspire its people to achieve their goals. In this unique session, Matthew Luhn, former 20 year Pixar story artist and animator, shares how to create authentic, inspirational, and memorable heroes and how to translate these same hero traits into your leadership and business.

By exploring and analyzing the characters of movie heroes and other great story protagonists, audiences will learn how likability, vision, vulnerability, structure and perseverance can provide a model for outstanding leadership that will leave your audience inspired and empowered.


Pixar Storyteller Matthew Luhn and Virtual Reality Pioneer Nonny de la Peña Headline New Conference at InfoComm 2017
Toy Story of Terror Sneak Peek: See the Evolution of a Single Frame
"This storyboard was drawn by Toy Story of TERROR! story artist Matthew Luhn and is from the sequence "Sleep Well Motel." Storyboards are drawn by story ...

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