Walt Disney Animation Studios master class


You can learn a lot about Walt Disney Animation Studios film making process just by watching their YouTube channel. A series of recent videos takes you on a deep dive into some of the secrets of the artform:

Snow Simulation: using computer algorithms to simulate snow fall. Effects artists used to do all this by hand taking a tremendous amount of time, but technology allows it the artists at Disney to make much more realistic snow simulations.

Path Tracing: how light plays off on-screen elements to bring it to life.

I also enjoyed this video from a few months ago showing how a computer can help animators with line animation as used during the Paperman short. This combines the strengths of hand animation with computer generated assistance.

Did you ever dream of being a Disney animator? I’ll tell you this is not the same artform I dreamed of joining as a kid.

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  1. Frankie

    Seems to me the only thing missing from these “animation” lessons is actual animation! If you want to learn animation now a days, you have to learn how to manipulate a computer mouse and keyboard instead of a paper and pencil. Its sad.

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