I just got back from Chiang Mai and I had a list of events all lined up for me after I touched down Singapore. One of which is ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition, DreamWorks Animation which was launched about a week after The Deep exhibition. And this time, I was on an important mission – to have Doug Cooper, Visual Effects Supervisor at DreamWorks Animation, answer a question posed by my boyfriend who is into animation. I remembered distinctly that I was the first who stretches out my hands in the air to ask a question during the press conference. I swear that I’ve never really participated in a media press conference because most of the time I was just sitting down, busy taking photographs and wondering what others would ask. But man, it did really take some courage to be directing a question to someone up there.
Qn: This exhibit indeed does create an appreciation for what goes on behind-the-scenes in an animated feature. I also understand that Dreamworks recently has developed a new animation tool known as Apollo, which has created a much more effecient pipeline for your animators. It seems that you guys are giving back to the animation industry. Moving forward, is that the direction that the company is taking? ( Credits to Samuel Toh)
What DreamWorks Animation has to really offer a chance for the public to discover the magic that goes into creating all-time favourite animated films like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train You Dragon. And for me, it is a discovery of the animators’ world and looking at how from a 2D drawing could be transformed into something so magical and revolutionary using technology. And for DreamWorks, it’s more like providing an educational platform for the people, especially the younger ones, to find what how animations works from the huge transformation from initial sketches and models to big-screen debuts.
This is the idea blossoms and bloom over a period of time. From a skerrick of an idea and sheer creativity, one could witness how it develops into fully animated personalities on-screen.
The highlights of this exhibit is the 180 degree 3D film called the Dragon Flight: A Dragon’s-Eye View of Berk which is found at the World section of the exhibit. It’s simply breathe-taking; as if you were riding on the back of the dragon, toothless, flying about in the sky with the Isle of Berk surfacing beneath you.
Dreamworks Animation : The Exhibition
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