Watch & Learn About the Math Behind Pixar's Stunning Animation

April 4, 2014

Pixar Animation

If you're one of those students, current or former, who always wondered why it might be good to learn so much math, there's finally at least one reasonable answer. A couple videos have surfaced online looking at how integral math is when working at Pixar Animation. While there's plenty of art that goes into making their stunning animated films, the animation is still done on a computer, which is made possible due to lots of math. Below you can watch a TED talk from Pixar Research Lead Tony DeRose as he discusses the importance of math in Pixar's work, and also a way nerdier video diving into one of their animation systems.

Here's the TED Talk feauring Pixar Animation's Research lead Tony DeRose (via SlashFilm):

And here's the Pixar Keynote at the GPU Technology Conference (found via io9):

The TED talk is pretty straight forward, and hopefully there's some artistic kid out there right now who will become determined to do his math homework just so he has a better shot at getting a job at Pixar. Meanwhile, the Pixar Keynote at the GPU Technology Conference is much more in depth as it shows off Presto, the proprietary animation system Pixar built to make Brave and has been used on all of the animation studio's films since then, including Monsters University as featured in the demonstration of the software's capabilities. Both of these are truly fascinating glimpses into the making of Pixar's projects.

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