CAF: “Building Disney Pixar’s Brave: Pencils to Pixels”

by on Aug.07, 2012, under Computer Animation Festival, SIGGRAPH 2012

The Disney Pixar presentation of Brave reviewed the process of creating the movie from the original art to the CG. The film took 6 years to make and started with the artists taking advantage of the internet to do some

initial research. Later, select members of the crew made two trips to Scotland for reference; this trip armed them with approximately 10,000 reference photos that allowed them to build a richer and more exciting world.

Next, the talk delved into character development. The appearance of the characters was used to help articulate their personality and the talk focused on Merida and the Queen (also known as Mumbear). Merida in particular was designed to maintain a youthful appearance and to be very expressive. Kelly MacDonald, the voice of Merida, was studied carefully as reference because of the differences in her mouth movements due to her Scottish accent. In contrast to Merida’s free-spirited personality, the Queen’s appearance was dictated by her control. Her mannerisms are very contained and her long hair is tightly bond. These same characteristics were carried over into her behavior has a bear.

The remainder of the time was dedicated to the clothing and hair simulations, sets, and lighting the world of Brave.

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