Morgan and Mason interview Chris Horne, a technical director at Pixar! They talk about Chris’s journey to Pixar; his work on Brave, Finding Nemo 3D and other films; and his advice for aspiring animation students.Highlights:■ Thoughts on the hilarious stop-motion shorts, Creature Comforts■ Interview: Pixar’s Chris Horne■ Chris’s background: how he got interested in animation, Pixar, the college years■ What’s the process of getting hired by a big studio like Pixar? ■ Chris on being a Pixar fanboy working for Pixar.■ About the lighting, rendering and Lightspeed departments■ What do the lighting and rendering departments actually do?■ Chris talks about crazy and hilarious software glitches, bloopers and malfunctions!■ New animation software: Presto■ Lighting an animated shot: balancing realism vs. cartoony■ What part of Brave he worked on: the hardest scene Pixar’s ever done, cake cauldron scene, ■ Hair simulation■ Every character has its own posse of lights■ How big is the team that worked on the 3D conversion of Finding Nemo 3D?■ What is “bit rot”?■ Must see 3D movies: Avatar and Finding Nemo 3D■ Nerdy questions: pizza planet truck, the witch’s inspired by Zelda?, who would win in a fight: King Fergus or Stoick the Vast?■ What is Chris working on now? What’s the deal with Finding Nemo 2?■ Where he wants to go from here/career goals■ How important is a demo reel? Advice for animation students
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