Disney covered all travel and expenses for the Disney Planes Press Day
When you go in to see a movie, a Disney movie in particular you expect to see a very visually pleasing movie that shows emotion and character. It’s not as easy as it seems for animation to express all of these, but the animators at Disney sure to make it look easy.
We went through the whole process at the Disney Planes Press day. We talked about storyboarding which I’ll go into further detail on another day and once the story is decided then it goes over to animation. We had the opportunity to sit down with Ethan Hurd. He was the Assistant Animation Director for the movie PLANES and he graduated from the California Institute of the Arts. There was a time when I wanted to go to an art school because I wanted this job. I love art and I love animation and I love computer animation. Every day Ethan gets to work with Maya and he understand Maya so well he made me jealous.
Much like the set up was when I was there learning about Wreck It Ralph animation, Ethan had the program set up for us to test out ourselves. I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to being at Disney Toon Studios and when Maya is set before me I will play. It is so amazing how the graphics program could literally grab and move and rotate things with just the click of the mouse. Everything from tiny eyebrow movements, to actually setting the mouth of the character to the voice tapes. I sat down and squished Dusty’s head and body and then moved his eyes around. It was awesome. I should have taken some video. Next time I’ll be sure to do that for you guys. I would just love to be an intern there or a fly on the wall, yep, I’d even take that.
Oh and one other thing I wanted to add is that animators can draw on an electronic tablet and then import the drawing right into Maya. Oh, how the wonders of art and technology have been combined. Planes will be released in theaters August 9th.