Stay Inspired: Virtual VFX With SIGGRAPH Now

Clockwise from left: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” courtesy Weta Digital VFX
© 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.;
“Coco” © 2017 Disney Pixar. All rights reserved.;
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” © 2018 Walt Disney Animation Studios

Continue your online learning with the SIGGRAPH Now YouTube series! SIGGRAPH Now extends the education brought to you during in-person Production Sessions in a virtual format, accessible year-round. Press play on each video in this roundup to discover the incredible work of SIGGRAPH creators and pull back the curtain on major studio productions.

Designing the Details in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

Go behind the scenes of the Academy Award®-nominated, blockbuster film “War for the Planet of the Apes” and hear Weta Digital Visual Effects Supervisor Anders Langlands discuss the body and facial performance capture used to create its stunning VFX. This breakdown covers building in frame-by-frame snow accumulation, translating human performance to the apes, and more.

Bringing Coco’s Skeletons to Life

Experience the magic of “Coco,” the 2018 Academy Award® winner for Best Animated Feature, as Guilherme Jacinto, a directing animator at Pixar Animation Studios, offers a behind the scenes look at how the skeletons of “Coco” came to life. This deep dive explores considerations around weight and balance in bone design, and nailing the skeleton-walk movements.

Creating a New World for ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

Explore the process behind “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the blockbuster sequel from Walt Disney Animation Studios as Technical Director Ernest Petti, Head of Environments Larry Wu, and SDL-Head of Characters & Technical Animation David Komorowski share the process for visualizing the internet and bringing it to life on screen. The group’s discussion also includes insight on the challenges of pushing boundaries — both artistically and technically — in visualizing a world that is ever-changing and, seemingly, endless.


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