My family was able to visit The Franklin Institute and while there explored the special traveling exhibit:
The Science of Pixar
The Science of Pixar exhibit was developed by Boston’s Museum of Science in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. It encompasses 14,000 sq. feet and demonstrates the technology that is used to tell the stories that Pixar does like no body else.
Using science, technology, engineering, math and art, Pixar produces some of the best films ever produced. With classics ranging from Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc. Pixar clearly is the leader in animated films.
At least one of my children thought that modeling meant striking a stunning pose!
The exhibition gives you a look at the process used to create their films. There are eight steps to the Pixar Pipeline: Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets and Cameras, Animation, Simulation, Lighting, and Rendering. Each of these areas have three “play” areas in the exhibit: Screen-based activities, physical interactivies (hands-on), and video stories.
|Family Photo with Dory|
The hands-on activities are fun for all ages; the knowledge attained is phenomenal; the memories you make are priceless.
|Dash learning about Stop Motion Animation!|
What I liked best: Watching my children play and learn in a stimulating environment.
|Jack-Jack in front of a life size Wall-E|
Did I find the ticket price worth it: Yes! and if given the opportunity, I would visit again. I feel that after a few months of watching movies and pondering the exhibit, I would learn at a different level the next time.
|Jack-Jack exploring The Incredibles Frame-by-Frame. What Pixar doesn’t know is that Jack-Jack already does this every day at home. He has successfull mastered the remote and rewatches the scenes over and over!|
When it comes to animation, the creative work of artists, engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and computer experts all come together to form an outstanding product. This is truly a lesson we should all aim for – no person in the chain of a supply chain is more or less important; they all play a role in creating and serving the world.
Here is the schedule for The Science of Pixar Traveling Exhibit:
California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA
October 15, 2016 – April 9, 2017
Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN:
May 27, 2017 – September 4, 2017
(Disclosure: The FTC requires me to say that I was given admission tickets to The Franklin Institute, but we payed for the additional entry into The Science of Pixar. But because I have a relationship with Jesus Christ I am bound to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. In other words my opinions cannot be bought with free tickets, and therefore, the thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are entirely mine.)