See you at (Virtual) Siggraph!
Monday, 24 August 2020, 9:30 - 10am
Dave Quirus, Blue Sky Studios
Matt Roach, Blue Sky Studios
Matt Wilson, Blue Sky Studios
Description: Leveraging a multi-shot perspective, a unique collaboration between lighting and effects facilitated the billions of hypercolor voxels in the "Fifty Shades of Yay" effects for "Spies in Disguise." This process challenged them, creatively and technically, to rethink the studio's traditional pipeline which ultimately paved the way forward for future workflows.
Alen Lai, Blue Sky Studios
Jon Barry, Blue Sky Studios
Nathan Sims, Blue Sky Studios
Description: Using production examples from "Spies in Disguise," we demonstrate how to break down effects within the production, taking into consideration a variety of aspects from optimization to collaboration. We walk through our thought process about designing workflows best suited for the job and plan ahead to maximize efficiency and flexibility.
Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 10 - 10:30am
Mason Evans, Blue Sky Studios
Cole Clark, Blue Sky Studios
Erin Elliott, Blue Sky Studios
Will Moten, Blue Sky Studios
Description: The "Spies in Disguise" crowds team was challenged with populating the greatest number of shots, background characters, and cycles in a Blue Sky film. We present our new workflows that gave us unprecedented art directability over the identities and animations of our crowd agents.
Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 10 - 11am
Description: Go behind the scenes and see what motivates a lighting artist working on animated films.
Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 11:30-12pm
Alex Frenklakh, Blue Sky Studios
Julia Correnti, Blue Sky Studios
Chris Rydalch, Blue Sky Studios
Description: In order to achieve a closeup chemical reaction effect on "Spies in Disguise," Blue Sky Studios' effects department developed new ways to segment procedural and simulated elements into smaller problem domains and combined various techniques for maximum flexibility in art direction.
Ravindra Dwivedi, Blue Sky Studios
Heather Brown, Blue Sky Studios
Joe Antonuccio, Blue Sky Studios
Julia Correnti, Blue Sky Studios
Ai King, Blue Sky Studios
Description: Current methods of simulating melting in computer graphics are physically based, which model temperature and viscosity. In "Spies in Disguise," we had to defy these laws to achieve a comedic on-camera melting performance. Our technique for art-directed melting provides artists the controls needed for timing and performance.
Cristian Hinz Welkens, Blue Sky Studios
Description: We discuss the challenges of creating a character who is dynamic and animated at the same time, the tools and techniques we employed to achieve this, how we collaborated with animation to achieve a great performance, and how we put it all back together at the end.
Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 10:30 - 11am
Steven Song, Blue Sky Studios
Michael Reed, Blue Sky Studios
Weiqi Shi, Yale University
Description: We propose a deep learning-based rig approximation technique that accurately predicts facial deformation, given the challenge of nonlinearity and the additional precision requirements of film-quality animation.
Thursday, August 27 2020 3:30 - 4:40pm
Michael Knapp, Production Designer, Blue Sky Studios
Matt Simmons, VFX Supervisor, Blue Sky Studios
Sabine Heller, Head of Characters, Blue Sky Studios
James Williams, Head of Layout, Blue Sky Studios
Elvira Pinkhas, FX Supervisor, Blue Sky Studios
Jeeyun Sung, Lighting Supervisor, Blue Sky Studios
Description: Every great spy movie shares the same DNA: Intrigue. Secret Identities. Nefarious villains bent on revenge. Exotic international locales. Incredible cars and gadgets. High octane action sequences. And… pigeons??? In making SPIES IN DISGUISE, Blue Sky Studios set out to create not only a faithful homage to the legacy of traditional spy films but also to introduce the genre to a whole new generation.
The iconic design of our hero Lance Sterling was the lynchpin in defining not only the aesthetic of the film’s world but also the animation style, cinematography, lighting, stylized effects, and motion graphics which brought that world to life in a tangible and textural way. When Lance is accidentally turned into a pigeon by one of Walter Beckett’s unfinished experiments, Lance is forced to try to save the world as a bird. Scenes such as a pigeon-led high-speed car chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., a nail-biting aerial dogfight through the iconic canals of Venice, or the climactic battle between thousands of killer drones and our heroes using their wits and Walter’s do-no-harm gadgets - the high stakes and inventive action in SPIES IN DISGUISE provided many unique challenges to the artists and technicians at Blue Sky. Join the creative team as they discuss the enormous challenges and massive collaboration in making this exciting, stylish globetrotting film about spies and the pigeons who loved them.