Pixar in a Box
Pixar in a box is a collaboration between Pixar and learning platform Khan Academy, where they show us behind the scenes inside Pixar Studios.
It gives an overview of what goes into the Pixar pipeline and the different stages needed to produce a feature animation. This is not a technical course that covers software and takes step by step to recreated something but instead is an inside view of each of the different stages. For example what goes into animating an object, the thought behind it, the chagellenges and how they over come them. This does involve a bit of math and phisycs, so it’s more of a simplified version, to show you their chain of thought to tacle the problem that they incounter.
Non the less it’s still quite an intresting course, it shows the thinking behind each project and the process. I consider this more intresting than actually learning how to use a specific programe. Programes can be easy to learn, depending on what you are trying to learn, the way of thing and processing an idea into something real and achiveval can sometimes be a bit more dificult.
The training covers the diffrente stages of what a normal production would look like, with some variation, has not every film is the same. With new animations, new challenges come in and new techiques are developed. It goes from Simulation, how they did the simulation on Merida’s hair in Brave, to cameras, effects, rigging, character, envoirement modelling and more. It does also include some exercises to challange you and keep you intrested, plus you can code some of the simulations and effects if you are intrested in the development part.
Acording to Kahn is aimed at all ages and levels of knowlaged, taking in consideration that you do know the basics of math, science and physics.
You can visit Khan Acedemy’s website to learn more and start your course.