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Using Live Action Reference Plates for Disney’s the Little Mermaid

Once the voice recordings were finished, Disney animators used Sheri Stone to personify Ariel’s movements which were referenced in the animation process. Disney is reissuing The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray and there are some amazing extras that might be new to even cult Disney fans. (Like, for example, a look at a deleted character called Harold The Read MoreRead More

DuctTake – Seam Based Compositng

Researchers at Disney Zurich have developed a new approach to compositing multiple takes together – a seam based approach that can handle difficult tasks such as composting moving cameras. Click here for the Official White Paper. Video compositing to create special effects, replace backgrounds or combine multiple takes of an actor’s performance is an integral, Read MoreRead More

Filmmaking Tips From the Disney Masters

Jonathan Cooper details some advice from the animators and filmmaker at Disney Studios. #1. Find a Hook for Your Character - Andreas Deja Use your life experience when making artistic choices Draw on your memories to add depth to characters Always ask: what is this character thinking and why is he thinking that way? #2. Don’t Animate Drawings, Animate Feelings - Read MoreRead More

Paperman – A Oscar Nominated Short Mixing Traditional Animation with CGI

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an Read MoreRead More

15 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Wreck-It Ralph

Stacy Conrad covers some of the little known facts behind Disney’s animated film: Wreck-It Ralph As a Disney geek and former Nintendo addict, I was fired up for Wreck-It Ralph when I heard about it at the D23 Convention last year. Here are 15 facts about the movie that will get you just as pumped as I am, whether Read MoreRead More

Disney Creates A Method To Turn Any 3-D Surface Into A Display

Printed Optics is a new approach to creating custom optical elements for interactive devices using 3D printing. Printed Optics enable sensing, display, and illumination elements to be directly embedded in the body of an interactive device. Using these elements, unique display surfaces, novel illumination techniques, custom optical sensors, and robust embedded components can be digitally Read MoreRead More

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