The Science Behind PIXAR
13 April – 16 September 2019
Tokyo City View – Roppongi Hills Observation Deck
*article updated on 19 March 2019
A popular exhibition “The Science Behind PIXAR” will be touring to a special venue high in the sky in Tokyo.
A sneak peek of the show at TCV, Roppongi Hills
The Science Behind Pixar was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios.
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Tokyo City View to host the show
Roppongi Hills’ Tokyo City View is an observation deck situated on the 52nd floor, commanding a superb view of Tokyo’s cityscape down below. It has an open-air rooftop “Sky Deck” with a 360-degree view at 270 meters above sea level (admission fees to the rooftop extra).
Tokyo City View is also an exhibition venue, located side by side with the Mori Arts Center Gallery on the same floor (and one floor below the Mori Art Museum).
TCV regularly hosts temporary exhibitions covering a wide range of popular culture and art genres, including manga and animation films.
“The Science Behind PIXAR” held at TCV can be a memorable experience full of excellent hands-on displays, coupled with a view of Mount Fuji, Tokyo Tower and smart high-rises seen over the windows.
“The Science Behind PIXAR” exhibition
The exhibition “The Science Behind PIXAR” was created by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios.
It is a popular show on tour, mobilizing already a total of 1.4 million visitors in North America*, starting from Boston’s Museum of Science in 2015 (*as of December 2018).
Tokyo City View will be the first venue of the show in Asia.
The show at the Museum of Science in Boston
The timing can be perfect for those who are eagerly waiting to see the latest Pixar movie “Toy Story 4”, which will hit the screen in Japan on 12 July 2019.
Highlights of “The Science Behind PIXAR”
The exhibition is an edutainmaint that allows visitors to learn interactively about the science and technique behind the magic of PIXAR’s movie production.
By playing face to face with familiar characters from “Toy Story”, “Finding Nemo” and other classics, trace and experience the key steps of Pixar’s filmmaking process:
Digital sculpturing, from sketches and “maquettes” to a virtual 3D model
Digital rigs or creation of virtual marionette strings that make movement possible
© Michael Malyszko
The look of an object, such as colour, shininess, roughness and cleanlines
Sets & Cameras
Virtual design of camera views of a place and setting
Animation is acting
© Nicolaus Czarnecki
Computer programmes to animate things in a way that feels real, with the artistic intent
Virtual lighting to enhance feeling for visual storytelling
© Michael Malyszko
Rendering massive digital information into real footage, from a virtual 3D scene into a 2D image
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