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Multiplane Camera for Pinocchio
Walt Disney technicians create multiplane camera for third dimensions effects that add realistic quality to animated motion pictures produced by the famed studios.
Audiences that have marvelled at the illusion of third dimension and depth in the Walt Disney productions will notice marked improvements in this technique in Walt Disney's second full-length feature, "Pinocchio." Two factors are responsible for this increased illusion of depth. One is the development of the paint technique on the celluloids known as the "blend." This process gives a molded round appearance to the bodies, arms, and legs of the characters, with highlights and rounded contours on the face. The second and important factor is the multiplane camera. Awe-inspiring in its complexity, bulky and incredibly precise, this multiplane camera, designed and executed by the Disney technicians, gives animated motion pictures a realism and vitality never before possible. The chief thing the camera does is to achieve the screen effect of depth and a modelled quality in the drawings of the characters. Under the old technique, in which the animated characters moved across a background in the same plane, it was not possible to give the illusion of real-life movement. The characters were drawn upon a single or several tightly superimposed sheets of celluloid and shot as a single, flat subject, over a background. The artist was relied upon to suggest perspective. […]



Source type Magazine
Volume 11.11
Language en
Document type Feature
Media type text
Page count 2
Pages pp. 4-5


Id 2091
Availability Free
Inserted 2016-01-08