You know a few weeks ago Disney provided hotel and transportation to Pixar for me to learn all about Incredibles 2 that comes out in theaters June 15th. It was a full day of animation education and today I’m going to tell you about how they create the Incredibles 2 Fashion and Incredibles 2 costumes. For Pixar it’s not just about drawing a character and their clothing, its about designing clothing just as Edna Mode would design it. And I’m going to tell you all about how the fashion behind Incredibles 2 was created and about the people behind it including: Shading Art Director Bryn Imagire, Tailoring Lead Fran Kalal, and Character Artist Deanna Marsigliese.
The Movement of Incredibles 2 Clothing
Shading Art Director Bryn Imagire did the costuming on the original Incredibles. For this movie they had to respect the original movie but with the technology they were able to make things look so much better. In 15 years, technology has come a very long way. Also, you have to remember that with computer animation every little detail has it’s own rig or has to be figured out it’s not just about drawing something on the computer and then animating it. One example is with the clothing, in the Original Incredibles movie the clothing was their skin to the computer. Now they are able to add clothing as a layer. This allowed the clothing to move more and for shapes they don’t get distorted.
Designing The Incredibles 2 Clothing and Incredibles Costumes
When designing the costumes and clothing of The Incredibles characters, each shape had to be considered. Remember shapes have meaning and they sort of define our heroes, and even the bad guys. Costume choices had to support the story. They had to be creative, theoretical and practical from our heroes down to the background characters. Deanna Marsigliese seems to live and breathe classic 50’s fashion down to her own clothing choices so she was an excellent choice for working on the character design of The Incredibles 2 characters.
Creating Edna Mode
When creating Edna Mode it was no different than costume design for live action. (well as I mentioned above it’s just like costume design for all the characters a lot of thought goes into everything). With Edna of course it’s BOLD, DRAMATIC and HEROIC. Edna lives in the now, she doesn’t look back. Sciaparelli Designs was a big inspiration for her character.
Creating Jack Jack
You will notice when you see Jack Jack, if he’s alone with his dad he’s only in a diaper. This illustrates how hard it was for Bob to be alone with the kids. He is just surviving.
Creating Elastigirls New Costumes
Mrs. Parr is getting a new job. She will be moonlighting as a super hero and she will be out in the dark at night. Her new outfits are very dark. However, I have a feeling as the plot changes she’s going to be back in those iconic red family uniforms that they all have.
The Research of Incredibles 2 Costumes
As with any Pixar project, Incredibles 2 was researched in so many different ways. Even the Incredibles 2 Costumes and Incredibles 2 clothing was researched. They looked at families during the 1950’s for clothing choices. They looked at the average family. They looked at pop culture. They looked at everything they could get their hands on as they came up with the clothing for even just the background characters. They had like nine basic body shapes and then combined different combinations of outfits on each character making it look like they had tons of background characters. It’s amazing how they can take a simple structure and duplicate it making it seem like they did more than they did. They also made sure that the background characters don’t ever distract from the principle characters.
The Shading and Physics of Incredibles 2 clothing
As I’ve mentioned about Pixar Animation is that it’s not a simple act even with all the upgrades in technology. Once you have the basic shapes, and the outfit, you have to add shading and make sure the physics of the character’s movements work together. Mrs Parr has to be able to stretch as Elastigirl and her clothing must move with her and be shaded correctly. The outfits are actually programmed. They are tessalated so they behave properly. Character Tailoring Lead Fran Kalal used a word, slinkies. She said they tell these slinkies how to work with density and gravity. Then also shading and light are added to help create the overall look. It’s a complex process to get the look right but when it’s achieved sometimes you have a hard time telling if a scene is still animation or is it the real thing.
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