Pixar Launches New Experimental Shorts Department

30 Years of Pixar, Behind The Scenes, Luxo, Jr., Short Film, SIGGRAPH, Smash and Grab, The Adventures of Andre and Wally B

Posted by Nia • May 28, 2017

It was recently revealed that in August, Pixar will be hosting a panel at SIGGRAPH titled, “Smash and Grab: Off-The-Rails Filmmaking at Pixar.” The summary of the panel gave us some insight into what some of the talented folks have been up to in between projects at the studio:

“Pixar launched an internal, experimental storytelling initiative to create short films without executive oversight, to explore new creative visions and increase studio opportunities. This talk shares Pixar’s six-month journey of creating seven-minute shorts, with limited resources, amidst the backdrop of a busy studio, juggling multiple feature productions.”

Cartoon Brew reported the first film produced through this new division is aptly titled Smash and Grab, and will be directed by Brian Larsen. Larsen himself has plenty of experience at Pixar in the story trenches – serving as Story Supervisor on Brave and Head of Story on Piper, just to name a few.

Pixar’s first few short films, The Adventures of André and Wally B and Luxo JR., initially put the studio on the map and showcased what was to come with technology driving animation. The fact that the studio is continuing to push the boundaries of storytelling with their famed short films, and finding time to make new projects with an already grueling film schedule is quite impressive and inspiring.

We can’t wait to find out more about Smash and Grab, and their new shorts unit.

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Pixar Releases OpenSubdiv Beta to the Public!

Lou Romano, RenderMan, SIGGRAPH

Posted by Brkyo614 • August 6, 2012

Yesterday, SIGGRAPH 2012, an annual convention exhibiting advancements in computer graphics, opened its doors. To coincide with the expo, Pixar has decided to release a public beta for their new open source subdivision technology.

Pixar develops most of their technology in-house, and, aside from RenderMan, typically refrains from releasing it to the public. However, OpenSubdiv is open to modify and available for free on the project’s official website. The OpenSubdiv libraries allow for improved mesh subdivision, which means smoother object surfaces in the final product. Allegedly, this is the same code that the studio uses for their films.

Though most of this means nothing to the average Joe, a company like Pixar releasing free, open source technology is a significant step forward for smaller studios and aspiring CG artists. The first stable release of OpenSubdiv is scheduled to launch sometime this year.

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Pixar at SIGGRAPH 2010: Booth + Walking Teapot Revealed!


Posted by Martin • July 23, 2010

With Comic-Con in full swing, it’s easy to forget Pixar’s expansive presence at another big-time convention.

SIGGRAPH 2010 is right around the corner, and the studio’s RenderMan booth (seen to the right) is looking phenomenal! If you’ll be in attendance, stop by from July 27th through the 29th to get some free swag.

Remember the preview image from our exclusive interview with RenderMan’s Chris Ford? Well, the collectible teapot has finally been revealed! This year’s model resembles a Toy Story favorite — and here’s the tin it comes in.

But it’s not all about the free stuff. Make sure to stop by Pixar’s website for RenderMan’s speaker schedule. More information on the annual conference (held in Los Angeles this year) can be found on the official website.

Note: All images have been provided by RenderMan’s go-to guy, Peter Moxom

Will you be attending SIGGRAPH 2010?

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Snazzy: “Blue China” 20 Years of RenderMan Walking Teapot

Pixar, RenderMan, SIGGRAPH

Posted by Martin • August 30, 2008

Ever since 2003, Pixar has been selling limited edition walking teapots with cool designs 20yrsteapotat their SIGGRAPH booth. This year’s teapot is not only rare (there were only 3,500 made) but special because it’s commemorating RenderMan’s 20th Anniversary.

For those who are curious, last year’s teapot had a chef’s hat on it, and in 2006 they had flames. In the years before, they came in assorted colors such as silver, red, blue, green and gold and specials such as glow-in-the-dark and thermal.

The next time a new design of the infamous RenderMan teapots should be available is at next year’s SIGGRAPH convention.

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Pixar Not Doing Special Effects says Catmull

Animation, Ed Catmull, Live Action, Pixar, SIGGRAPH

Posted by Thomas • August 12, 2008

Instead of tech-talk, SIGGRAPH veteran, Ed Catmull is back at the convention he calls his “home community” to talk about managing Pixar’s creative environment.

He spoke at the convention about the early days and how he’s tried and failed and learned from his mistakes to build such an outstanding company (Pixar) to what it is today. Catmull says Pixar’s success comes from change, and how they always do something new.

One thing the technical guru and WDAS/Pixar president says will not change anytime soon, is the fact that Pixar is an animation studio, and they plan to focus on that. As you may know, Pixar directors Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton are venturing into the live-action medium and involving Pixar in some way. Just like in WALL-E, Catmull shares that Pixar won’t do the special effects or live-action on these films: “…we don’t want to turn Pixar into a live action studio. In fact, the intent is that the special effects will not be done at Pixar.” Instead, Pixar plans to support the directors vision in any way possible.

In which way will this be? We’ll find out in time. Read this article from AWN for more information on Ed’s keynote speech.

Article written by martini883. Thanks martini883.

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Pixar “Production Studio Night” at SIGGRAPH ’08

John Lasseter, Pixar, SIGGRAPH, The Pixar Story

Posted by Thomas • July 23, 2008

Pixar will be hosting their own "Production Studio Night" at SIGGRAPH ’08 in LA next month.  As part of this Studio Night, Frédéric Back an Academy Award winner joins John Lasseter for a conversation about animation, art and the environment. 

There will also be a screening of The Pixar Story with an introduction and Q&A with director Leslie Iwerks.
This will take place on Tuesday, 12 August between 8-11pm at the Nokia Theatre. SIGGRAPH ’08 takes place between Aug 11-15. 
Thanks Martin.

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