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Thursday, May 27, 2010

20 Years of Animation - Pixar Exhibition @ Science Centre

I got a pair of admission tickets to Pixar Exhibition from OMY and Singapore Science Centre.  I just signed up as an "OMY" member and this was my first invite from them.  :)  Hope I will continue to get more previews of movies and exciting events from them!!  Whoohoo!!

Was pretty excited when I received their email as I love Pixar movies and was really looking forward to the exhibition to learn more about the "behind the scenes" in making the characters and movies. 

Entrance to Pixar Exhibition at the Annexe, Singapore Science Centre
You will find Sulley and Mike from Monster. INC welcoming you at the entrance
Look at his fur!  The exhibition will give you information on how the animators come up with this character and how they come up with the final look of Sulley and many other Pixar well known characters.
In my opinion, I think this Pixar Exhibition is more suitable for adults and not really for kids as they may not have the patience to appreciate every art pieces and artefacts in the exhibition.  Or rather, they may not even understand what the exhibition is all about.  There is no Pixar soft toy for them to cuddle or touch.  Why I need to emphasize on this is because I had seen kids rolling on the floor and making a bit of noise during the exhibition.  For me, as my job is of some relevance to design, I spent around 3 hours at the exhibition.  Another plus point was that for us, the group of bloggers who got the invitation had gotten special permission to take photographs in the exhibtion hall which is strictly not allowed for the general public :) 
A peep into Pixar History
The organizers brought us to the 2 highlights of the exhibition and after that, they let us roam freely to explore on our own.
1st Hightlight:  Toy Story Zoetrope
This is really, really amazing!! You can find over 100 figurines here, which are characters from Toy Story eg. Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Aliens, Jessie etc mounted on precise points on the disc. The disc spins at a speed of 1 revolution per second. It demonstrated the basic principles of animation before the invention of film ie how to achieve the perception of motion through the illusion of continuous activity
The aliens are so cute.  Through this technique, it seems that the aliens are waving at you!  It is all illusion of fluid motion!!  Cool!
2nd highlight:  Artscape
This short film sort of brings you into the artists' world. It allows us to experience imagery from the artist's perspective. The concept sketches all come "alive" in Artscape.

Interactive Kiosk
You should NOT give this a miss. Although there are only 3 terminals, try to ensure that you spend some time here to see how the artists at Pixar work, it is very interesting. For instance, in order to model the movement of the characters for a particular scene, the artists also have to act out the as the characters of the story and analyse the movement of the body parts, facial expressions etc.
This exhibition also gave me a greater insight into the making of Pixar movies, the amount of work and effort they had put in.  I will definitely appreciate Pixar movies even more in future.  In the making of "Finding Nemo", the filmmakers did extensive research and even went scuba-diving with the marine botanists to find out more about marine life.
A Colourscript is an artwork that visually supports the emotional content of an entire story through general colour, lighting and mood.  It depicts the whole story in chronological format that allows one to see the basic structure of colour applied to the entire film.
Colourscipts of "The Incredibles":
Urethane Resin Models
Models are made to let the animators "feel" the character, how it looks from different angles etc.
Remember this Anglerfish in "Finding Nemo"?
Sulley again :)
The Pixar Exhibition will be held till 27 Jun, so be sure to catch it before it is too late!
In addition, this coming Saturday something quite happening is taking place at the Science Centre:
"Come dressed as your favourite PIXAR character "
29th May 2010 (Sat)
Time:  12 - 3pm
Singapore Centre Annexe
If you think you can look like Woody, Buzz  Lightyear, Dash of The Incredibles or even Rusell from UP, be the first 100 to pass the test and you will be granted free entry to the exhibition for you.

Found this on the Internet.  Really look alike right?
PS:  Would really like to give credit to the owner of this photograph but I couldn't remember where I grabbed this photo :P
29 May is also Science Centre Charity Day.  There is a series of interesting programmes lined up for you and your kids.
11 - 12pm:  Dance Performance
12 - 3pm:  Pixar "Come Dessed as your Favourite Character" contest
Science Performances by Science buskers
3 - 4pm:  Face Painting and Cartoon Tattooing
4 - 5pm:  Shrink Caricatures and Magician Art

Free flow of popcorn and candy floss throughout the day (10am – 5pm)! Balloons & DIY souvenirs will be given away, while stocks last. All proceeds from SCS ticket sales will be donated to Charity.

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