Last week, an amazing exhibit called The Science Behind Pixar opened in Los Angeles at the California Science Center. This isn’t just your typical kid-friendly science exhibit, this is a fully immersive and interactive exhibit that is equally fun for all ages. The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition, with over 40 interactive stations, details each step of the animation process for a Pixar film.
One of my daughter’s favorite sections was “Camera Basics”. Using a WALL-E model to demonstrate, you get to be the cameraman and control where you decide you want your focus to be. This gives guests a taste of how a cameraman operates in adjusting each shot for an animated film.
My daughter, who is only two years old, was having a blast getting to be the one at the control panel!
Another area where you can sit at the control panel is in “Lighting”. Using a Dory model, you can control the color of light, speed of light, and brightness of light. Pixar’s actual lighting artists have to decide these aspects of lighting for every single second of a movie–a pretty detailed task! We had lots of fun seeing how any slight shifts in lighting can drastically change the feel of the scene, it truly is a delicate craft!
And for those of you fellow SoCal residents who love photo opps at Disneyland, you will love all of the wonderful photo opps for your children at this exhibit! There’s the giant Dory in the lighting area, the giant Buzz Lightyear over in Modeling, and you can even channel your inner Edna Mode:
Getting to experience the roles of animator, lighting designer, model-maker, camerman, and many, many more really opens your eyes to how intricate the art of Pixar truly is. It was honestly just as much fun for me and my husband (we’re a pair of animation geeks) as it was for my daughter!
Where else, besides The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition, could we get the opportunity to design and build our own robot with our daughter?
Or get to experiment with the before and after effects of all the technological and artistic processes behind the Pixar movies my family loves?
It was a fantastic day, to say the least, and the exhibit was large and immersive enough for us to spend three hours straight exploring (not even counting all the rest of the fun-filled time we had looking at the California Science Center’s other exhibits.
The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition is open until April 9, 2017, and tickets can be purchased here.