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  • The Science Behind PIXAR
    (PIXAR-no-himitsu-ten)

    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.

     
    PIXARのひみつ展 東京シティビュー
    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.
    © 2018 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.

     

    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.

    PIXARのひみつ展 東京シティビュー
    © Disney/Pixar
    PIXARのひみつ展 東京シティビュー
    © Disney/Pixar

     


    “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.

    PIXARのひみつ展 東京シティビュー
    PIXARのひみつ展 東京シティビュー
    The show at the Museum of Science in Boston

     

    PIXARのひみつ展 東京シティビュー
    © Disney/Pixar

    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:


    Modeling

    Digital sculpturing, from sketches and “maquettes” to a virtual 3D model


    Rigging

    Digital rigs or creation of virtual marionette strings that make movement possible

    PIXARのひみつ展 東京シティビュー
    © Michael Malyszko


    Surfaces

    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

    Animation is acting

    PIXARのひみつ展 東京シティビュー
    © Nicolaus Czarnecki


    Simulation

    Computer programmes to animate things in a way that feels real, with the artistic intent


    Lighting

    Virtual lighting to enhance feeling for visual storytelling

    PIXARのひみつ展 東京シティビュー
    © Michael Malyszko

     

    Rendering

    Rendering massive digital information into real footage, from a virtual 3D scene into a 2D image

     
    PIXARのひみつ展 東京シティビュー
    © Disney/Pixar

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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