This Friday is finally the day!!! Finding Nemo opens in theaters! I feel like I have been on a countdown to this day for longer than I want to admit. I loved Finding Nemo and can’t wait to finally see the full story of Finding Dory.
But! Before we can watch Finding Dory we have the amazing opportunity to watch the new Pixar short that will be playing before the movie. Oh my goodness you guys! I had a chance to see Piper while I was in Monterey for the Finding Dory press event and it is beyond amazing. Seriously this movie takes you through so many emotions in such a short amount of time.
I wanted to laugh one moment, tear up the next and cheer on Piper during the whole thing. I just can’t say enough about this Pixar short!
During the Finding Dory press event, we had the opportunity to talk with Alan Barillaro who directs Piper about what it took to create this Pixar short.
One of the things that I thought was so cool to learn is that stories really drive innovation. As they create these stories, they continue to create new technology and innovations to better tell the stories.
They started creating Piper in 2013. One of the cool things about Pixar is director mentorship is a really big thing. They are always trying to push each other to do more and create more.
To create Piper, they went to the beach and shot hundreds of photos and videos of sandpipers to get the look and mood of the sandpiper community.
They wanted to find out what does the world feel like when you are four inches tall.
To create the world of Piper they hand placed blades of grass in the animation. There are 24 paintings a second during the animation!
One thing they found is the water in the movie is a character all it’s own. The feel of it, what it does and how it moves all had to be figured out. They hand animated the waves to each frame. They used a combination of hand animation and visual affects to create the movement of the water.
In order to make Piper fluffy there are 4-7 million hairs on her!!! Holy hair!
One cool thing Alan Barillaro said is if they did their job properly then we will never notice the technology and will believe in the character and the story. I have to say that I think they did their job incredibly well. From the opening second of the movie I was completely 100% bought into the story of Piper!
I can’t wait for you all to see Piper! It truly is my new favorite Pixar short!
ALAN BARILLARO (Director) joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 1997. Barillaro has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator, including “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and the Academy Award®-winning features “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “WALL•E” and “Brave.” On those last three features, Barillaro was given the role of supervising animator and was therefore responsible for overseeing the team of animators who worked to bring the characters in the films to life.
Following his work on “Brave,” Barillaro went to work with Pixar’s software development team to help craft an animation tool that would help provide additional creative flexibility to the studio’s filmmaking process. As a proof of concept, Barillaro created a short animation test about a small bird – a sandpiper – on a beach. This animation test soon grew into a full-fledged short film, “Piper,” directed by Barillaro and debuting theatrically with “Finding Dory” in 2016.
Growing up in Niagara Falls, Canada, Barillaro’s interest in animation began at a young age. He worked his way up through the ranks at various commercial houses during high school and continued his studies at Sheridan College for Animation.
Barillaro resides in Oakland, Calif., with his family.
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family. Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.