MPC Film at Siggraph 2016

Siggraph 2016 is around the corner and our artists are preparing for an exciting week in sunny Anaheim.

MPC’s team will be showcasing their latest work, including exclusive presentations on the technical and creative achievements of Disney’s “The Jungle Book.”

PRODUCTION SESSION

The VFX of Disney’s "The Jungle Book"

Rob Legato, Adam Valdez, Andy Jones, Keith Miller

The visual effects team behind Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book" discusses the creative and technical challenges behind bringing the story's characters and stunning full CG environments to life. A team of over 800 CG artists worked for two years to animate over 60 species of animal; craft the mountain temple, trees, rocks, and vines; and simulate earth, fire, and water.

Tuesday, 26 July, 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Hall B

TALKS

DARK HIDES THE LIGHT

Rendering Fast & Furious: Supercharged in Stereo for a 400-Foot Curved Screen

Rob Pieké

For Fast & Furious: Supercharged, MPC needed to produce footage for projection on an enormous U-shaped screen. This raised three main challenges: anticipating the projection warping, recomposing the perspective, and ensuring a consistent stereoscopic effect. The MPC team developed a custom camera model and an "audience experience" validation process.

Sunday, 24 July, 3:45 PM - 5:35 PM, Anaheim Convention Centre, Ballroom B

DANCING TREES

Can't See the Jungle for the Trees

Tom Melson

For Disney's "The Jungle Book", we needed to build huge and highly detailed jungle sets. We built a tool set that enables our artists to view and manipulate this amount of data, providing powerful functionality whilst maximising efficiency.

Monday, 25 July, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 303 A-C

The Trees of "The Jungle Book"

Alexander Schwank, Callum James, Tony Micilotta

For Disney's remake of "The Jungle Book", MPC was required to build a jungle comprised of photorealistic trees and other plantlife. The creative team leveraged SpeedTree and Fabric Engine to build a pipeline for those elements. Approximated leaf cards, replaced at render time, maximized the image quality and render performance.

ANGRY EFFECTS SALAD

The Effects of "The Jungle Book"

Oliver Winwood, Rob Hopper, Kai Wolter

"The Jungle Book" was a unique project for MPC, and its rich environments and detailed characters presented various challenges for the FX department, which was required to create physically believable simulations that would blend seamlessly with their surroundings while interfacing with large data sets and meeting the production schedule.

Monday, 25 July, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom E

IT'S CROWDED IN HERE!

"The Jungle Book": Management, Caching, and Preview of Many Animals

Marco Romeo, Ryan Chan, Jeren Chen, Greg Fisher

To animate the many animals in the complex shots of "The Jungle Book", MPC leveraged the animation, rigging, and crowd pipelines to build a system that increases the playback speed of animation previews and improves access to characters' animation rigs.

Thursday, 28 July, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 303 A-C

ORGANIC FARMING

Rapid, High-Quality Dailies with RenderFlow for "The Jungle Book"

Jared Auty, Marlene Chazot, Ruben Diaz Hernandez, Marco Romeo

To produce high-quality previews for "The Jungle Book", MPC developed a system, called RenderFlow, that automates the rendering processes and enables re-use of the rendered contents. This approach eased the production-review process and enhanced usage of rendering resources.

Thursday, 28 JULY, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM, Anaheim Convention Centre, Ballroom E

PIXAR RENDERMAN ART & SCIENCE FAIR 2016

Rendering the Bare Necessities

Rob Pieké

An overview of the challenges MPC faced during the production of Disney's “The Jungle Book”, with a particular focus on rendering.

Wednesday - 5:30pm - 10:00pm - Disneyland Convention Centre

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Global VFX PIpelines
Monday, 25 July, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Pacific A Ballroom
An informal gathering for anyone interested in hearing about and discussing the latest trends in production pipelines.
PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel

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