Have you ever seen what it takes to create an action scene? OMGOODNESS, it is an absolutely INCREDIBLE thing to see. While in San Francisco for the INCREDIBLES 2 Event, we had an opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and hear from two teams from the INCREDIBLES 2 movie. The “Anatomy of an Action Scene” and “Creating the Worlds of Incredibles 2” were both truly inspiring.
Production Designer Ralph Eggleston, Visual Designer Philip Metschan, Shading Art Director Bryn Imagire and Sets Supervisor Nathan Fariss shared how the worlds of INCREDIBLES 2 came together. They created the worlds of the film to support the stories being told from characters, environments, props, costumes, texture, and lighting. Everything in the film was first designed then built.
The Anatomy of an Action Scene was all about cinematically translating ideas from storyboard to 3D space. The crew, Story Supervisor Ted Mathot, Layout Supervisor Mahyar Abousaeedi, Animator Kureha Yokoo and Effects Artist Amit Baadkar told us how it all comes together in the final film.
After learning from the Disney Pixar team, I truly appreciated the movie a lot more. I really began to understand the amount of technological work that goes into the making of the film. Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of normal life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
I was super inspired by both sessions during our visit. I host a summer camp for 3year – 2nd grade every year. I am looking to incorporate experiential learning components of film animation and production at an early age. The Camp S.M.A.R.T. Kid currently addresses Science, Math, Art, Reading and Technology. The camps’ focus is to prepare children for higher education through developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. We believe that kids learn best through hands-on investigations.
My goal is now to help the children we serve to be INCREDIBLES 2 by adding components of animation and production through computer science, fine arts, and architecture. I believe in the magical stories created by Disney Pixar and I know that our children will be inspired to learn ho to tell their own stories.
Since technology is already part of our camp, with a little creativity and collaboration we can help make filmmaking a passion and possibly a profession of some of the 300+ kiddos served through our camp.
I strongly believe that I can contribute to giving children A Chance to Learn. The animation and production presentation provided by the Disney Pixar team really motivated me to being more inclusive of “niche” programs that aligns with my core programming. As a mom, I am a lot like Elastigirl…I am stretching myself to ensure that I am contributing to making the world better through early education for children and motivation for moms.
What I love most about incorporating filmmaking in the camp is it gives the kids an opportunity to build lasting friendships as well. Please mark your calendars for June 15th for INCREDIBLES 2 and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.