February 28, 2020

How Disney's Iconic Multiplane Camera Changed Animation


Disney thrives on being a place where imagination comes alive, even when it comes to cameras.


We talk about Disney the studio a lot, mostly because it now houses the largest titles ever conceived.



However, one of the greatest things about Disney is that they spent a ton of time perfecting the technical side of their process. A great example of this is the multiplane camera, which not only lent its unique power to features like Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, and Peter Pan but it also changed animation, as a whole, forever.



Today I want to take a peek into that camera and talk about why it was so important.



Let’s go!






How Did Disney’s Multiplane Camera Work?


In 1937, Disney developed its multiplane camera. While these kinds of cameras existed before Walt’s team perfected them, it was Disney that put them on the map. Basically, animated cells used to be all drawn on the same plane, but those images never had any actual depth.



Disney wanted his cartoons to be more lively.



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Source: NoFilmSchool