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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Road Trip: The Science Behind PIXAR

 When Lianne and I were in art school, many moons ago by the way, we took lots of traditional art and drawing courses in addition to some computer graphic classes since that was a fairly new concept in the art and design world at the time. Now married with children we are a true card-carrying Disney/Pixar fan, so when we heard that a Pixar exhibit was going to be at the Boston Museum of Science we couldn’t be more excited to learn more!
Sure we loved the old school animation classics, but as artists and designers we looked forward to learning more about the magic behind Pixar and how the breathtaking films come to life.

So we thought we would take you along with us on a little road trip inside this magical exhibit
 The Science Behind PIXAR:
It starts with a funny and clever short intro film before you are ushered into the Pixar world 
through the glowing "purple doors", that really set a mood.
Upon entering you are immediately transplanted into the Pixar world. Human-sized statues of a few of the beloved characters greet you throughout the exhibit, like Buzz, Dory, Mike and Sulley.
It was great to see them that big and getting to take a selfie or two with them.

Then onto the different stations. This is really the meat of the exhibit; showing you how each film is made up of specific parts that all come together. The kids really found the interactive components in each section very and engaging.

There is so much in this exhibit, you really should see if for yourself! Not only is the art wonderful, the science and technology is really engaging. Each station is a part of Pixar’s production pipeline: modeling (creating virtual 3D models), rigging (making movement possible), surfaces (applying properties of light to control surface appearances), sets and cameras (using virtual cameras to create 3D scenes), animation, simulation (creating automated motion), lighting (manipulating light to enhance a scene’s mood or believability), and rendering.
 Above, Chloe was playing with lighting a scene from the movie UP.
Lianne and I found these clay sculptures extra striking! The detail on them was so impressive and 
we loved seeing the characters we know and love as clay figures.
The newly released  Inside/Out movie is also represented in this exhibit.
  Not only did each section have something interactive going on, but what we especially enjoyed the video profiles with different Pixar staff members(working at Pixar). 
We loved hearing about how these creatives think and work and what their roles are.

If you get a chance, we would highly recommend visiting The Science Behind Pixar at the Museum of Science in Boston. The exhibit is there until the January 2016.

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