DCU at the Wallis: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson


DCU at the Wallis: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson

Please note the 5:00 pm PT start time.

Our series of three Directors Close-Up evenings at the Wallis begins with Directing Frame by Frame: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson.

Join us for a special evening exploring the fascinating world of stop-motion animation, with key members of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. Learn how each frame was handcrafted from the ground up by the talented artists who created the puppets and brought them to life. Hear from Guillermo and Mark about their experience directing “in four hands” to create this stunning contemporary rendition of a classic favorite.

Guillermo del Toro (Writer/Director/Producer)
Mark Gustafson (Director)
Brian Leif Hansen (Animation Supervisor)
Georgina Hayns (Director of Character Fabrication)

Moderated by Jon Favreau

Please join us immediately after the show for a reception to celebrate animation. Beverages provided by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, FIJI Water and Jamshid Wine.


$35 for Film Independent Members and the general public.

For those who have a Directors Close-Up 2023 series pass, access to this event is included and you do not need to purchase a ticket.

Don’t have a series pass and want to experience everything the DCU has to offer? Passes are still available here.


Tickets may be purchased from the Wallis box office in person, over the phone, or online via the link below:

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Safety/Event Policies

Masks and full COVID vaccination are no longer required, but are strongly encouraged and recommended while indoors at the Wallis.

The Wallis’ health and safety protocols are subject to change at the venue’s sole discretion or in accordance with CDC, State of California, and Los Angeles County recommendations.

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges.

Attendees must follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of written policies and/or staff instructions may result in removal from the venue and/or suspension or termination of Membership/access to future events.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.


Film Independent is committed to hosting events that are accessible. For inquiries regarding accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact us at or 323 556 9305.

If you have already purchased your tickets but need assistance, please contact the Wallis Ticket Services at 310 746 4000 for personal assistance.


Parking is available in the underground garage (450 N. Crescent Dr.) with entrances on Crescent Dr. and S. Santa Monica Blvd.

$5 flat rate before 6:00 pm; $8 flat rate after 6:00 pm

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