ACM SIGGRAPHia

The CAF Production Session of Kung Fu Panda 2

by on Aug.10, 2011, under Computer Animation Festival, SIGGRAPH 2011

The CAF production session, “DreamWorks Animation: The Yin and Yang of Creating the Final Battle in ‘Kung Fu Panda 2,'” was designed to help people understand how the collaborative process works. The process doesn’t have a linear start to finish, instead it is a fluid process that can take filmmakers back to previous steps and back again. The session was even set up to show this process. Rather than having each presenter go in turn, they continually rotated from person to person as the creation process had. They began with the 2D art that was the initial inspiration for the final battle scene. The team then worked on coming up with different versions of how the battle scene would play out. It was during these experiments that they realized that the setting wasn’t visually interesting. The art department came up with an alternative setting which lead to redoing the already completed model of the city to add canals, in addition to going back to the story to make the appropriate changes.

The discussion continued with other considerations such as lighting, color scheme, and water interaction before going into Q&A.


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