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Secrets of animated film production revealed in new Pixar exhibition

Barking out “A good soldier never leaves a man behind,” a life-sized model of Buzz Lightyear, one of Pixar’s most recognizable animated characters, flashes a broad smile and stands arms akimbo, ready to welcome visitors to a new museum exhibition that reveals through hands-on activities how to bring pixels to life.

The Science Behind Pixar, a traveling interactive exhibit planned and produced by Boston’s Museum of Science and Pixar Animation Studios, opens to the public tomorrow through Dec. 1 at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Around 30 members of the news media and guests were allowed exclusive access to the exhibition a day before it officially opens.

Pixar Animation Studios, owned by Disney, is known for its globally award-winning digitally animated short and feature films including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Up, Finding Nemo and more recently Luca. In the exhibition, visitors will learn how these films ingeniously merge science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) to create the lively characters and realistic scenes that have been projected on movie screens worldwide for the past 25 years.

More than 50 interactive exhibits, physical models and videos will be on display across eight areas. In addition to the informative and enlightening videos, the exhibition also includes screen-based activities so visitors can experience different roles in movie-making production and understand each behind-the-scenes process.

Visitors will also be allowed to pose and take pictures with the life-sized models of some classic Pixar film characters, such as Buzz Lightyear, Mr.Q and Sullivan. General admission price is HK$30 on most days and HK$5 for full-time students. If you are interested, remember to make an appointment on the website of the Hong Kong Science Museum.

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A life-sized model of Buzz Lightyear, one of the main character’s from Pixar’s first animated movie Toy Story released in 1995, welcomes visitors to the The Science Behind Pixar exhibition.
At the virtual modeling exhibit visitors can experience how to place various animated characters in a digital set.
Models of clay sculptures of Pixar characters, which allow the director and artists to see the character from all angles, are available for visitors to touch and handle
A staff member with the Hong Kong Science Museum helps a visitor understand how science and math is used to build the animated characters for the Finding Nemo movie.
A video projected in a mini-theatre near the entrance of the exhibition details the various jobs and skills required to create a Pixar animated movie from the first inception to final distribution.
Visitors can experience the work of cinematography and use virtual cameras to angle the shots displayed on the screen.
Two photos (cropped and displayed side-by-side) show how a visitor can change color and lighting to understand how it affects a scene in the blockbuster 2003 movie Finding Nemo.
A member of the news media follows instructions to improve the transition between shots that connect the character's positions in the animation.

One of the hands-on experiences allows visitors to simulate different effects on a scene, in this case how water is simulated in the 2012 animated movie Brave.
Mike Wazowski, one of the main animated characters in the animated Monsters, Inc. franchise, welcomes visitors at the entrance of the exhibition.
A news photographer tries out one of the exhibitions that shows how to create different facial expressions.
General admission to the Pixar exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum is HK$30 on most days and HK$5 for full-time students. Remember to make an appointment online:



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