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"Toy Story 3" Double Feature: Characters and Lighting
Tuesday, 14 December | 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm | Room E1-E4
This course explores rebuilding and relighting the Toy Story characters, their worlds, and their human co- stars, and ensuring that they remained familiar and recognizable to the audiences who saw them 11 years ago in "Toy Story 2".
The tools available in computer graphics have significantly improved during the last decade. Technologies such as ambient occlusion, subsurface scattering, efficient Indirect Illumination, and subdivision surfaces either did not exist or were in their infancy when "Toy Story 2" was released in 1999. Audiences have also developed higher expectations for the visuals in contemporary animated films. New and improved technologies add welcome richness and depth, but they must be used carefully, to make sure that familiar characters do not become strangers.
For "Toy Story 3", the Pixar team had to rebuild all the models, both characters and sets, yet make them appear exactly the same as their earlier incarnations. As they increased the level of detail and visual richness, they had to maintain a consistent design that would be recognizable from the preceding two films. The course explanations of visual storytelling through lighting, early prototypes of Lotso, and many examples of the team's successes and failures.
Presented in English, translated simultaneously to Korean / 영어로 발표 됨 (한국어 동시 통역)
Highly recommended but not required: "Toy Story 3".
Pixar Animation Studios
Ye Won Cho
Pixar Animation Studios
Brian Green has the unique distinction of being the character supervisor of the “most successful animated movie of all time” twice. The Academy Award-winning feature "Finding Nemo" broke all box office records in 2003, and "Toy Story 3" broke box office records in 2010. He was also character supervisor on The Academy Award-winning feature "Ratatouille". He joined Pixar in 1997, after watching "Toy Story" and loving the film. His first assignment was "A Bug’s Life" (modeling, rigging, shading, and lighting), and later he worked on "Monsters Inc." as character lead. Before Pixar, he worked at Animal Logic, where he created advertising, effects, and animation. He has several patents related to his work.
Ye Won Cho
Ye Won worked as a sequence lighting lead on "Toy Story 3". Her other film credits include "Shrek 2", "Cars", "Ratatouille", "Wall-E", and "Up". One of her passions is to explore new ways to tell stories visually through lighting. Her MFA thesis film, "Trilemma", was screened at a variety of venues including the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery and the Hiroshima Animation Film Festival. The film also received a Student Academy Award nomination and was broadcast on PBS in New York.
She was awarded an Artists Fellowship by the New York Foundation of the Arts in 2003. She completed a BFA and MFA at Seoul National University in Korea and also an MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After graduation, she joined Eyebeam in New York, as an art fellow.