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Pixar Animator Gives Presentation

With scenes from movies such as “Up,” “Ratatouille,” and “Toy Story 3,” the audience members watched as Danielle Feinberg walked them through the steps of creating the characters and adding effects into their actions and clothing.

Feinberg, a Harvard grad with a major in computer science, presented “The Making of a Pixar Film” last night at the Eagle Theatre.

At the beginning of her presentation, Feinberg introduced herself and her history. Though Feinberg majored in computer science, her true wish was to major in computer graphics, which at the time was still unavailable. She applied to Pixar, and was rejected for the first job that she applied for, but was asked to apply for another position, at which she was expected.

Feinberg said that Pixar’s goal is to create stories that the makers and the audience can enjoy.

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“We want to make lasting stories,” Feinberg said.

Throughout her presentation, she introduced the audience with programs that Pixar would use to refine their characters, their backgrounds, and even the clothing and hair. Their characters are created to reflect their personality through each characteristic from clothes to hair; Pixar wants to be able to “sell” to the audience the emotions of the characters with each miniscule action that they take.

With the steps and tips that she gave to the audience, one can try their own hand at creating their own 3-D world in their computer. One of the programs that she suggested was Maya.

Overall the presentation was engaging and funny with each example that she provided. The audience was also allowed to watch clips that showed each step in the creation of that scene which was a real treat.

She did mention that Pixar had some high school interns, but most are college students. But if students really want to try and intern at Pixar, they should go to Pixar’s website which has a specific section for aspiring interns.

At the end of her presentation, she hinted that the movie “Brave” will be released in 2012, and “Monsters Inc. 2” is also be in the horizon.

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