Explore the Exhibit

This website (like the exhibition) is organized around the steps of Pixar’s production pipeline. Click on the links below to explore activities and videos about creating the Story & Art, Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets & Cameras, Animation, Simulation, Lighting, and Rendering for Pixar’s films. Click on the links below to explore activities and videos about each step of the process. Watch the video at the bottom of this page to see how all the parts fit together to create a film.

Story & Art

The process starts with the writers and artists who create the story and concept art

Modeling

Digital sculpting creates virtual 3D models

Rigging

Digital rigs make movement possible

Surfaces

Appearance is controlled separately from shape

Sets & Cameras

Virtual cameras view virtual 3D worlds

Animation

Animation is acting

Simulation

Computer programs create automated motion

Lighting

Virtual lights enhance mood and believability

Rendering

Rendering turns a virtual 3D scene into a 2D image