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Creating the Amazon in Rio 2

Tue Oct 7 2014
New York, NY, USA

Building one tree in a CG environment can be an interesting story to tell, but creating the Amazon Jungle in "Rio2" is a much larger tale. In order to bring this massive jungle to the screen, the Blue Sky team had to consider the overall scale, diversity of plants and trees, density of assets on the ground and in the treetops and choreography of moving cameras in order to give the audience the feeling of birds in flight with unparalleled views of the worlds most unique ecosystem. Blue Sky Artists and Technical Directors created an infinite jungle out of a carefully designed collection of parts and assets, and brought it to life by building rigs for secondary animation. There was a constant need to find efficient ways to work with complex heavy files, create staging areas that stayed consistently overgrown all coupled with a stereoscopic version that felt as dense as it did in 2D. All of the departments had to come together to influence and support each others processes to build this technically challenging yet beautiful, lush environment that was used in multiple sequences throughout the film.

Presenters: Tom Humber (Lead Set Designer), Karyn Monschein (Sr. Camera & Staging Artist and Technical Lead), John Kalaigian (Assembly TD), David Barksdale (Lead Fur TD), Alen Lai (Lead Effects TD)

Location: New York Institute of Technology Auditorium, 1871 Broadway (Between 61st and 62nd Streets) New York, NY 10023 

Event Organizers: Scott Lang, NYC ACM SIGGRAPH & Bergen County Academies, Patty Wongpakdee, NYIT Terry Nauheim, NYIT


  • NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Members (including student members) - Free
  • Faculty, Students, and Staff of NYIT - Free 
  • Non-Members - Advance Online, $13.00;
  • At The Door (If Available), $15.00
  • Non-Member Students - Advance Online, $8.00 (Must Present Full-Time Student ID at Event);
  • At The Door (If Available), $13.00 with current Full-Time Student ID

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The NYC ACM SIGGRAPH wishes to thank NYIT for its generous support of this event.