Pixar Animation Process and short film research

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Pixar short film: Boundin’:

Boundin’ is a 2003 Pixar computer-animated short film, which was shown in theatres before the feature-length film The Incredibles. The short is a musically narrated story about a dancing sheep, who loses his confidence after being sheared. The film was written, directed, narrated and featured the musical composition and performance of Pixar animator Bud Luckey.

Pixar Animation process and technique:

Pixar Animation Studios have a long and complex process when it comes to animating movies or short films, the process begins with concept works and storyboards made by the design team. Pixar values its collaborative nature, everyone on the team works together and shares ideas about the design process. This is important in a professional environment so that the workers all have a clear goal rather than going against each other or having different ideas about the production. The equipment that Pixar uses is extremely high spec and up to date, it is a necessity, in order to run their software and render their animations.

Job Roles:

There are a large number of job roles in the Animation Industry; this is a pipeline for producing animated short films and other animations. This list displays all of the job roles needed to make a short film, they are ordered from top to bottom showing which roles come first to last in the production process. Many of these will happen at the same time but in most cases, the previous step needs to be completed so that production on the next step can take place.

  1. Story
    Director
    Script
    Script visualization with storyboard
  2. Editorial
    Storyreel – a blueprint of the film
  3. Art
    Visual development artist
    Show the visual feel of the film
  4. Modeling
    Sculpt 3D versions of artworks
  5. Rigging
    Design how the characters move
    Place joints, muscle, and fat
  6. Surfacing
    The surface quality of assets, texture, colour etc
  7. Rough layout
    Staging and blocking
  8. Final layout
    Prepare shots for animation
    Set dressing
  9. Crowds
    Create short animations which are applied to background characters
  10. Character effects
    Deal with what characters interact with
    Props
  11. VFX
  12. Matte painting
    Backgrounds
    Paint with models
  13. Lighting
  14. Image finalization
  15. Sound design
    Create and apply soundtracks and sound effects to film

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