The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition

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The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition

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This is a hands-on exhibition where both parents and children can learn about science through the Pixar process

Roppongi Hills Observation Deck Tokyo City View will hold the exhibition “The Science Behind Pixar,” which shows the behind-the-scenes science and animation techniques used to create Pixar Animation Studios films, from April 13 to September 16, 2019.

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition

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The exhibition was first held at Museum of Science, Boston in 2015 and since that time has had more than 1.5 million attendees from both the United States and Canada through eight different venues.
“The Science Behind Pixar” is a hands-on exhibition where both parents and children can learn about science through the Pixar process, as well as eight key steps involved with animated production. Visitors can learn about various filmmaking techniques.

■ 8 steps of the production process

(1) Modeling

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition

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Once an artist has created a sketch or a clay sculpture of a character, modeling is the step where the character is captured in virtual form.

(2) Rigging

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition

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Rigging is the process of creating “rigs,” the virtual marionette strings that make it possible to move and pose a character.

(3) Surfaces

Surfaces determine the look of an object, a different step from designing the object’s shape. Color, shininess, roughness and cleanliness are elements that help tell the story or character of the object.

(4) Sets and Cameras

Set designers create the world that surrounds the characters, right down to the pebbles on the ground. Camera artists shape how and what we see in those places, making choices with virtual cameras regarding placement, movement and lenses.

(5) Animation

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An animator chooses exact poses, expressions and motions to convey what the character is doing or thinking or feeling.

(6) Simulation

Some of what you see onscreen in an animated film would be too time-consuming to animate by hand. Fur, hair, fire, crowds—these are things that simulation can animate.

(7) Lighting

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition

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Light tells the audience where to look and conveys both feeling and location. Virtual lighting is also designed to interact with characters and objects in particular ways.

(8) Rendering

All virtual information must be converted into real footage in a process called rendering, which calculates the color of every pixel of every frame.

Details

Event Name The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition
Venue Tokyo City View (52F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Dates April 13, 2019 – September 16, 2019
Open Hours 10:00 – 22:00
*Last admission is until 30 minutes before closing.
Admission <Same-Day Tickets>
Adult 1,800 yen
University / Highschool student 1,200yen
Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student) 600yen
Senior (Ages 65 & over) 1,500yen
Address 6-10-1 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo
Contact 03-6406-6652 (10:00-20:00)

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