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Math Behind the Curtains Dynamic Simulation at Pixar Animation Studios

Mathematics of Materials and Macromolecules: Multiple Scales, Disorder, and Singularities, September 2004 - June 2005

David Baraff
Senior Animation Scientist
Pixar Animation Studios

February 9, 2005
7:00 pm, Amundson Hall B75 (note change of location)    maps


Pixar's movies (Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles) have relied heavily on a sophisticated mathematical technique called dynamic simulation to shape the final look and behavior of the movies' main characters. From the beginning, however, it has been set in stone that the use of dynamic simulation could not interfere in Pixar's traditional creative process. Senior animation scientist David Baraff gives a candid behind-the-scenes look at the core physical simulation technologies employed in Pixar's recent movies, describes the balancing of creative and technical needs due to simulation, and reveals the difficult effects that were easy, and the simple shots that were hard.


2004-2005 Poster:   pdf

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