Fascinating: Discover Pixar’s New Program To Create Characters
Two decades ago, Pixar changed forever the animation game and since then, it’s made a point of pushing the envelope in storytelling but also visually. Thanks to Pixar, other studios stepped up their game and we, as an audience, are ultimately the one benefitting from this battle for higher standards. I’ve always loved animation, but it took me to make one to truly understand what it means to create everything from scratch. Every tiny change means a huge change or creation, there is no ‘can you add a second here before we cut’, because you need to create that full second, so you better think about what you want and why you want it!
But, as the video below will show it to you, that is becoming old school animation. Not only Pixar no longer needs to draw each frame for a character each time they create a new scene, but they can even animate them live, like a puppet master following a director’s cues. Lead engineer Dirk Van Gelder demonstrates below how “all” they need now, is to deconstruct and enter each poses and expressions a character might have, and once it’s done, with Presto, the new program they have been using since Brave, they can play around and modify and adjust as quickly and as often as they need, to obtain better results.
Practically, what that meant for Pixar’s animators is that they no longer had to animate trying to guess what the final result would look like. In Sullivan’s case (the furry monster in Monsters Inc. and Monsters University), animators had to animate him without his fur, because programs couldn’t handle the fur live, then render, and see if the result was working with the fur or if they had to redo it. A long process. Now they can just see, as they go, how the final result look.
This not only reduce costs, but it also make it funnier for animator to work and try things, without having to worry about the rendering time.
Take ten minutes to enter Pixar’s fascinating universe and discover how it’s done:[Thanks to Fast Company]