There are many employees that work together to bring an animated film to life. Often times, all Pixar employees are referred to as animators, even if they had little to do with how the animation appears on screen. This error is widespread because of the confusion surrounding what animation can achieve. Animators can move characters and environment details around, but it is the job of other employees to adjust other aspects of the scene such as lighting. Scott Clark, supervising animator of Monsters University, talked to me and a few other members of the press about how animation works. Find out seven things that he had to say about animation and Monsters University after the break!
To be able to accurately describe the Pixar movie-making process in a short presentation sounds like a difficult concept but presenters Michael B. Johnson, Ricky Nierva, and Scott Clark did just that at the EG Conference back in April. Sure, presenting every aspect of making a Pixar film would take an incredibly long time, but the three do a fantastic job at providing the audience with snippets of the production process of Up. Read on to watch the fascinating 20-minute presentation here!
UPDATE: The video has been set to private, so it is no longer viewable.
Scott Clark, who has previously served as a supervising animator on such Pixar films as Cars and Up, is back at it again as he announced earlier today that he is “supervising the animation team on Monsters University.” The only other crew member that has been officially announced for the film is Dan Scanlon, who is directing the film for release in 2013. [Read more…]