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Discover How Your Favorite Films Were Made at The Science Behind Pixar!

Explore the Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Math of Pixar’s Most Treasured Films at OMSI’s Newest Exhibit.

Presented by OMSI February 14, 2019

Creating iconic films that resonate with audiences and span generations is no small task, and you might be surprised to learn that the animation process involves science, engineering, and math. Created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios, and featuring more than 40 interactive elements, The Science Behind Pixar, opening February 23 at OMSI, showcases the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. This hands-on exhibit is meant for all ages – kids just discovering the joys of Pixar, and, for the kid in all of us. In this exhibit, you'll walk through eight of the steps that are part of Pixar's unique process:

  •   Modeling. Envision how digital sculptures are created based on sketches from artists.
  •   Rigging. Showcases how the models are given a virtual skeleton to enable the animators to add movement.
  •   Surfaces. Understand the techniques behind adding color and texture to every surface in a film.
  •   Sets & Cameras. Experiment with camera angles and computer-based set design as you discover how a bugs-eye view was achieved for A Bug’s Life.
  •   Animation. See how animators bring characters to life, posing them to act out each scene.
  •   Simulation. Immerse yourself in computer effects, and create believable movement in a virtual school of fish.
  •   Lighting. Lighting. Try to solve hands-on lighting challenges similar to what Pixar artists faced in creating animated water in Finding Nemo.
  •   Rendering. Explore how Pixar animators turn all of the data and programming into the final film you see on screen.

In addition to trying out Pixar’s animation process firsthand, you’ll also see re-creations of beloved Pixar characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Wall·E, Edna Mode, and Mike and Sulley. The Science Behind Pixar is at OMSI February 23 – September 2. 

Get tickets and learn more at omsi.edu/Pixar.