Sunday, December 21, 2008

And it's Only Getting Cheaper

I actually can't wait for the day that the next great animated movie is conceived and made in someone's basement:

For Toy Story it took 117 computers running 24 hours a day to get the movie wrapped, with each frame taking from 45 minutes to 20 hours to finish. By Monsters Inc. (2001), Pixar was able to convincingly render things such as wrinkling shirts and hair, far beyond the relatively simple plasticized texture of Toy Story, and was using more computer processing power than the three previous Pixar films put together.

And today, as Price writes, “the hardware and software of an animator’s workstation, once the province of major studios and effects houses, could now be had for the cost of a good used car.”

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