Now Open: The Science Behind Pixar

Make for the California Science Center and discover the techniques, like lighting and modeling, that bring the beloved films to life.

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The Science Behind Pixar debuted at the California Science Center in Exposition Park on Saturday, Oct. 15.
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Snap a pic with the sweet sci-fi hero at the new exhibit at California Science Center. There are more selfie opportunities, too, to be found throughout the displays.
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How to give a character that 3D realness that's so much a part of Pixar? It's called modeling, and the exhibit explores its fascinating properties.
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Might you run into a certain Mr. Lightyear while roaming the 12,000-foot exhibition? You bet.
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Characters on screen need a skeletal structure, which is the basis for their movements. The process? It's called rigging.
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Discover how environments come together at the show, which includes "more than 40 interactive exhibit elements."
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The Museum of Science, Boston partnered with Pixar on the development of this multi-faceted presentation, which is making its debut on this coast.
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Find out how focus distance weaves into a Pixar film, lending scenes depth.
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Why did the water in "Finding Nemo" look so sparkly and realistic? Lighting helped created that aquatic enchantment.
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Which characters will pop up around the massive exhibit? (Hint: A very fabulous and successful superhero advisor may make a cameo.)
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Simulation is another technique that plays a fascinating interactive part in modern animation. Spend a morning at the California Science Center's new ticketed exhibition and learn how Pixar creates its distinctive universes.
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