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Pixar in a Box

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 4:25 AM

Hi all,

If you are a teacher, here's something to throw at your classes whenever the kids whinge "why are we learning this?"

One of the executive producers (the person with the money) at Pixar, through Pixar itself, has created this interactive educational site called 'Pixar in a Box'. 

Using a LOT of algebra and math, they explain through interactive tasks how Pixar goes about creating and rendering their movies. For example, how do you mathematically model the movement of a blade of grass? (Answer: lots of parabolic graphing! Then randomise that and copy it 400 000 times...)

There are interactive tasks for all ages and then specific tasks aimed at grade 7 upwards. The kids work their way through a set series of tasks and activities in order to create a final project. There is a teachers/educators section so you can get your head around it.

I can see this being ideal for maths, but also science, digital media, computing, and even the art guys in some regard.

So, If you're a teacher, or simply into rendering and want to know how Pixar does their thing (surprisingly not with elves and magic..) then this is a site worth checking out!


  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: the radio
  • Watching: Game of Thrones season 2 on DVD
  • Playing: with my grand daughter
  • Eating: home made apple pie and home made icecream


Sean Ellery
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
I'm a high school teacher of Social Studies + Geography/History during the day and Caped Colouring Crusader by night, well... maybe not with an actual cape... but colouring stuff on the side as a hobby and the odd one-off paid gig here and there. I've worked for Marvel as an art refurbisher for their "Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe vol. 7 - 14 (and have had official credit for various Avengers Handbooks as well when they reused the images..) More recently I have had a pretty regular gig doing covers for Zenescope since December 2012. :)

Current Residence: Perth Australia
Favourite style of art: comic digital art
Digital Tools: Win 7, Adobe CS6 ...and a mouse.


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nocturnalgeek10 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave on this Sir ;) I really appreciate it :D
NICHOLAS-MARK-AMOS Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey mate do you have Tumblr?
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RV1994 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch, you are awesome! :)
hyakushikaku Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav!
JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav man! :)
AlonsoEspinoza Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the fav, man!
MarkMorales Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Great gallery!
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Chief-Judge Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Nice work Sean.  I'm only really good at CG colouring, not much of a penciller.  Tiny bit of inking/lines.  Maybe a colab one day.  I will post some more stuff to get my account up to date so you can have a look.  See what you think.
nocturnalgeek10 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the Fave and DevWatch! :D :D :D
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JeffGraham-Art Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav man :)
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