“If you want to make a short at Pixar, the studio offers a special program where resident artists — those who work anywhere in the company — have the chance to pitch three ideas to a panel of directors. But Piper skipped that step entirely, in part because it grew out of an experiment Alan Barillaro was conducting in his spare time.
‘In computer animation, the tools aren’t done yet. At Pixar, we’re constantly asking, ‘What’s the best way an artist can express themselves?’ and I take that pretty seriously, so there’s this whole laundry list I have in my head of how can this tool be more visual,’ says Barillaro, who used his free time following Brave to see whether he could 'sculpt’ one of Pixar’s existing bird models into a sandpiper.
'I wasn’t planning on making a short,’ says Barillaro, who repurposed a crow from Brave and digitally whittled it down to the character he wanted. 'This would have stopped as a test,’ he says, except he showed colleague (and Finding Dory director) Andrew Stanton — a key member of the studio’s so-called 'Brain Trust’ — his work, and Stanton encouraged his protégé to pursue it further.
'When I started out, I remember (Pixar president) Ed Catmull instilled not to be impressed by the computer. It’s just a tool, he told us. Make sure you push it and ask what you need from it as an artist,’ Barillaro recalls, who pushed Pixar’s software to the max. 'The crew told me, ‘Usually you can do water, feathers and sand, but you pick one.'’ Piper called for all three — and to get the effect he wanted, the bird models had to be rigged with anywhere between 4.5 and 7 million feathers. 'If you look at birds, their movement is so deeply rooted in their feathers. That really poses a problem in computer animation,’ he says.
'On Piper, we really tried to handcraft it, not to let the computer make a decision for us at any point,’ Barillaro says, explaining how even the individual grains of sand at Piper’s feet had been individually placed by animators. 'You have to stay subversive when you deal with computer animation. You never want to be tricked into the tool doing the work for you.’”
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I’m the nicest guy I
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Request: Hi long finally I
can request lol I love your writing and I was wondering if you could do a
Stucky x reader where the avengers are trying to guess if she is with Bucky or
Steve and the have a bet pool and stuff and then they find out she is with both
Words: 792 but it feels really short
A/N: Couldn’t think of a better title. Sorry for this (and
the others) taking so long. I’m currently kinda freaking out over my doc appt.