How â€˜Finding Doryâ€™ Pre-Show Short â€˜Piperâ€™ Bypassed the Pixar Pipeline
If you want to make a short at Pixar, the studio offers a special program where resident artists â€” those who work anywhere in the company â€” have the chance to pitch three ideas to a panel of directors. But â€œPiperâ€ skipped that step entirely, in part because it grew out of an experiment Alan Barillaro was conducting in his spare time.
â€œIn computer animation, the tools arenâ€™t done yet. At Pixar, weâ€™re constantly asking, â€˜Whatâ€™s the best way an artist can express themselves?â€™ and I take that pretty seriously, so thereâ€™s this whole laundry list I have in my head of how can this tool be more visual,â€ says Barillaro, who used his free time following â€œBraveâ€ to see whether he could â€œsculptâ€ one of Pixarâ€™s existing bird models into a sandpiper.
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