12. "Surf's Up": The Making of an Animated Documentary

Half-Day, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Level: Beginning
Room 1AB

A detailed look at the making of the animated documentary "Surf's Up": the live-action camera implementation, character animation, wave effects, and rendering techniques that contributed to the film's unique look and style.


None. Familiarity with basic 3D techniques will help attendees understand some of the detailed portions of the presentation.

Intended Audience

Animation professionals, students, and anyone interested in 3D animated films. Those interested in the artistic and aesthetic choices made during production will particularly benefit from the first section of the course, while those with more technical and pipeline-related interests will appreciate the wave information presented in the second section.


Rob Bredow
Sony Pictures Imageworks
rob (at) 185vfx.com


David Schaub
Daniel Kramer
Danny Dimian
Matt Hausman
Sony Pictures Imageworks