October 4, 2019

How Pixar's 'Real' Fake Cameras Make Their Movies Look So Realistic

You’d assume split diopters and anamorphic lenses are a live-action film thing. Just don’t tell that to Pixar.

The Toy Story franchise has always been ahead of the curve in terms of innovation in animation, but Toy Story 4 is an absolute visual marvel. Toy Story 4 was able to achieve an aesthetic that looks entirely realistic and fantastical at the same time, a perfect combination considering that it’s a film about toys that come to life and have to navigate a world not built for them.

Pixar took things like light behavior, character movement, and friggin’ fur — which looks utterly primitive in the first film, compared to the recent fourthquel (Spud has nothing on Antique Shop Cat) — and pushed them further than anyone could have expected. Another thing Pixar incorporated into their latest film that next-levels their cinematic vision is the use of virtual cinema cameras and lenses.

Evan Puschak, also known as Nerdwriter, digs into Pixar’s use of “real” fake cameras, lenses, and cinematic techniques in their latest films in the video below:

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Source: NoFilmSchool