ACM SIGGRAPHia

CAF: The Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks Roundup

by on Aug.08, 2012, under Computer Animation Festival, SIGGRAPH 2012

South Hall K was the home of several CAF production sessions from Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks. The morning kicked off with Sony Pictures Animation’s “Checking in at Hotel Transylvania.” The film took 6 to 7 years in the making and director, Genndy Tartakovsky, was brought in later in the production process. His vision for the film included over-the-top expressions that are commonly found in 2D cartoons. This was a departure from the original vision of the film and presented some challenges because many of the characters had already been built. The session explained how the animators surmounted these obstacles in addition to the challenges presented by the snappy timing.

 

After the Hotel Transylvania session ended, Sony Pictures Imageworks presented their session, “Travel Behind the Scenes of Men in Black 3.” For those who hadn’t seen the film yet, they started with the movie’s trailer. The session focused on the responsibilities of a VFX Supervisor and explained how interdependent all the various departments of a film are so collaboration is key. The crew faced several challenges which included: working within the MIB look and feel, shooting without a full script and facing location and weather related issues. Next, they reviewed specific scenes and the steps that were taken to bring them to the screen.

 

 

A few hours later, Sony Pictures Imageworks kicked off “The Untold Story of The Amazing Spider-Man” with a 3D showing of the trailer. After the trailer, VFX Supervisor Jerome Chen explained that the movie is considered a “reboot”. During his explanation, he described some of the ways that this movie differs from the other Spider-Man movies. Examples included the fact that the film had a new director and new actor to play the role of Spider-Man in addition to a new desire for an organic, naturalistic style to the look and movement. The remaining portion of the session was broken into discussing the animation and final sequences of the film. The animation section included a breakdown of the high school fight scene and the final swing scene of the movie. The final sequences section discussed how to gradually freeze a lizard and how the water effects were created during the sewer fight. The session ended with attendees putting their 3D glasses back on to catch additional scenes from the movie.

 


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