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Visiting Pixar

What a great day! My family and I were treated to a tour of Pixar Animation Studios. Being a geek, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to learn and ask questions, and I managed to learn a little bit about how the folks at Pixar approach a project.

What struck me most was how much work goes into tangible art at the studios, before anything happens on a computer. There were so many hand-drawn pieces on the walls.

Another thing that really impressed me was the use of color as part of story-telling. On a landing in the atrium, there was a wall filled with a color-script (I think that's what it was called) for "The Incredibles". Basically, it was a series of panels for each scene in the movie and showing how color themes move through the story--A static overview of color schemes progressing from scene to scene in movie. I was told this is one of the first things they do when starting a project. Very interesting.

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