Math = Magic : How Science Powers Pixar’s Animation
Sunday, October 28, 7:00pm
Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist and Research group lead at Pixar Animation Studios, will deliver an illustrated lecture on the extraordinary contribution of mathematics to animated films. At Pixar movies are constructed entirely on computers, and substantial measures of math and science are behind the stunning visuals that are essential to their storytelling. Using numerous clips and examples from such productions as Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc. and Brave, DeRose will demonstrate how the films’ simulation of faces, hands, clothing and hair, as well as the realistic rendering of light itself, are constantly advanced through inventions in computer technology, physics, geometry and applied math. you don’t have to be a math wiz to enjoy this behind-‐ the-‐scenes look at the ways that science fuels Pixar’s filmmaking revolution. Program approximately 90 minutes.
TONY DEROSE is Senior Scientist and lead of the Research group at Pixar Animation Studios. In 1998 he was a major contributor to the Oscar-‐winning short film Geri’s Game, and in 1999 he received the ACM SIggRAPH Computer graphics Achievement Award. In 2006 he received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award for his work on surface representations. DeRose is also involved in initiatives to help make math, science and engineering education more inspiring to middle and high school students, including the young Makers Program. This program is part of the series Science on Screen, made possible by a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Co-Presented with Bay Area Science Festival • $12 (CFI members $9)
Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael