Ask an artist: Q&A session on animating Finding Dory
Recently, we gave Vudu viewers the opportunity to ask Jason Deamer, Character Art Director at Pixar, their questions about animating Finding Dory.
From animation technology to deciding how Dory’s parents looked, we had plenty of great questions. We’ve got a couple of the questions below, and you can check out the complete question and answer session here.
Q: Did you have to watch fish swimming in slow motion to figure out how to make their swimming so accurate and to capture all the details?
A: Yes. That’s exactly what we did. But we also combined that with what we learned from our fish expert, who also happened to be an expert in hydrodynamics. He explained to us exactly how fish move their fins and locomote through liquid.
Q: Do you get the script before you work on the design or do you just get a rough plot overview of the story?
A: It happens both ways. Sometimes I’ll get lucky and get script pages, and sometimes I’ll even have an audio performance from whomever they’ve had do the voice. In some cases, like say on “Ratatouille,” I just had the premise, which was – it’s going to be a rat in a kitchen, so draw rats.
Feeling inspired? You’ve still got time to draw your best Dory and win some great prizes. Enter by tweeting your drawing with #VUDUdoodle before 10/31/16. Learn more here.
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March is Women’s History Month and VUDU is celebrating with a month long marathon of all our favorite strong female characters! Although women are frequently portrayed as stereotypes in movies, there are some inspiring movies that reveal the true strength of women. Every week we will post a different list of films that capture strong, empowered women. This week, we are highlighting films from the 1990’s and earlier. These films span many genres, but the women they depict never fail to inspire us.
A League of Their Own (1992)
Based on a true story, the women of the first female professional baseball league team up in order to save their baseball league.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
A woman proves she can be an independent businesswoman after separating from her husband.
Out of Africa (1985)
Out of Africa is the true story of a woman in 1914 who steps up to the challenges of running a coffee plantation in Kenya.
The Miracle Worker (2000)
The story of how Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller how to see beyond the world of darkness and anger.
You asked. We listened. And it’s coming soon.
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The 86th Academy Awards are just around the corner! This year, as usual, we have an amazing crop of movies and talent deserving of recognition. Unfortunately, each category can only have one winner. So which films and creators will win? At VUDU we have a small competition going on to see who will have the most accurate predictions. You can have one too!
Just download VUDU’s Oscars Party Ballot and print out copies of the voting sheets for all your co-workers or party friends.
Have them fill out and check off their choices. There are 24 awards in total listed over four pages.
Collect the sheets and after the ceremony is over, tally up the results to find the winner! The person with the most correct wins!
In case of a tie, we suggest a popcorn eating contest.
Watch the Oscars with VUDU on March 2nd (7pm Eastern time, 4pm Pacific) and join in the conversations on Twitter @vudufans or Facebook.
Have a great Oscars evening and also be sure to check out our Oscars Collection to catch up on on all the nominees!
Download VUDU’s Oscars Party Ballot
Visit VUDU’s Oscars Nominees Page
It’s been a great holiday season at VUDU and we have tons of new users joining our community. Welcome all!
We’re glad you’ve chosen the best digital movie and TV show service around. We have the largest digital library available to rent or own, to stream or download—and you can watch from just about any device, from smart TVs to smart phones. You made the right choice, so to help you get the most out of VUDU, here are a few starter tips:
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UltraViolet is the industry standard for digital movies and TV shows. Titles with UltraViolet rights have extra options to be shared and watched across platforms, devices and even retailers.
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