Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Pixar: 20 Years of Animation - ACMI (Fed Sq)

ACMI (Australian Center for the Moving Image) is currently holding the Pixar: 20 Years of Animation international exhibition.

"Pixar: 20 Years of Animation is the international exhibition that takes you behind the scenes of the studio that created Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Cars and The Incredibles."
"The world's largest exhibition dedicated to the art of animation comes from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and makes its only Australian appearance at ACMI."
-- ACMI Pixar page

The exhibition was arranged in an excellent way and definitely was more than able to do its job in showing the amount of work and dedication the Pixar team has put into creating their movies (IMDB: Pixar Filmography).

Did you know?
They actually draw the characters, the backgrounds, colour them, before scanning them into computer. There was this amazing short clip of how they create the dining room's lamp for Ratatouille (read: ra-ta-TOO-ee). It shows the whole transformation from sketches -> coloured -> 3D effects -> multiply them and put them in the room.
Also - there was this clip at the Interactive Kiosk on how they test Sulley's (from Monsters Inc) fur movement - which was extremely cool!!!

I can't help but researching them a bit further after visiting the exhibition..
Here's the resulting links...

Pixar Official Site: Pixar Animation Studio
Wiki definition: Pixar
Blogspot pages:
Also - have a look at this very informative page of Pixar How We Do It.

Last day of the Pixar: 20 Years of Animation exhibition is on the 14th October 2007. Do make an effort to check it out if you're in Melbourne. It's definitely worth the 15$ entry fee (Adult); even more so if you're students (10$)!!!

In the mean time, if you're free - have a look at these cute and interesting Pixar Shorts http://www.pixar.com/shorts/index.html or find out more details about the exhibition here.

Some glossary to look up includes "storyboard"; "colorscript".

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