[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]
Re: Jurassic Park 4 - new dinosaur, no feathers
On Mon, 8 Apr 2013, David Krentz wrote:
On Apr 8, 2013, at 8:26 AM, Richard W. Travsky <email@example.com> wrote:
"Maybe non feathery skin is easier to render, especially when lots of
movement is involved, and thus cheaper to produce."
I think someone else wrote that part...
With their budget, their top-end FX house and advances in feather/fur
rendering that would be the lamest excuse. I'm sure it has to do with
Individual animated hairs on the Lots-o-Huggin Bear from Toy Story 3
Individually animated hairs on Sully in Monsters, Inc. It took 11 to 12
hours to animate a single frame featuring Sully.
Types of food created for Ratatouille.
Individual hairs rendered on Ratatouilles hero, Remy
Monsters Inc came out in 2001. So this is NOT new technology.
However, feathers aren't hair:
As if the balloons weren't enough, the bird character Kevin posed
another set of challenges that were no less complex. The first
challenge was to give the bird's iridescent feathers a soft, fluffy
In past Pixar features, feathers were modelled as either fur, as
single hairs, or as single pieces of geometry shaded to look like
feathers. Pixar used this method as a base to grow an additional
set of hairs, and in some cases they added a third.
Kevin's feathers number in the thousands, and the number of hairs
used to construct them were in the millions. Pixar created a curved
plane full of hairs with added supports within the illumination
model. The artists could illuminate the feathers as either
individual hairs or as a surface, which offered a great deal of
flexibility to explore soft and hard textures on different parts
of the bird. This technique achieved the desired soft and fluffy
look, but it also created the second challenge: how to make the
Possibly not the best links but it gets the point across that it
IS doable; "Up" came out in 2009.
the pre-conceived notions about what Jurassic Park dinosaurs are
supposed to look like and the audiences expectations, for better or for
Or perhaps continuity with the earlier films. Or feathers look