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.
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