Henry Ford Museum introduces Pixar exhibit

Jennifer Laukonis, Staff Writer

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   The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is hosting The Science Behind Pixar Exhibit from Oct. 14, 2017 to March 18, 2018. This exhibit gives its visitors a view into what goes into the making of animation films, and it allows them to step into the roles of Pixar creators with many hands-on experiences.

  Pixar is a computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, California. This company has been around for 25 years, making 18 films in the process.

  The Science Behind Pixar Exhibit is part of a tour that has reached the states of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota, and Michigan. It first opened on June 28, 2015 in Boston and will continue to March 18, 2018 in Dearborn. Even though it is expected to last for ten years, the rest of the tour dates are unknown.

  When waiting to enter the exhibit, visitors find themselves entertained with many posters full of facts about the Pixar animation process. After reading these posters, they walk into a theater to view a short, five-minute introduction video about the Pixar facilities and staff.

  From viewing the introduction video, visitors enter the interactive section of the exhibit, consisted of 40 work stations and many photo opportunities.

  The interactive section of this exhibit begins with story and art. From here, it moves onto modeling, rigging, surfaces, sets, cameras, animations, simulation, lighting, and rendering.

  Each workstation has a photo opportunity, short fun facts, and hands-on experiences for the animation process. Computers are set up on both sides of each workstation, allowing visitors enjoy the fun without getting stuck behind other families.

  Photo opportunities include those for “Wall-E,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Dory,” “Toy Story,” and “Monsters, Inc.” At the Wall-E photo op, people waiting can experiment with camera focus and angles. Those at the Bug’s Life one can use various camera angles to create a bug’s eye view of the grass scenery provided.

  Although the Science Behind Pixar Exhibit is local, many have yet to hear about it.

  “I have never heard of this exhibit, but after looking it up I find it to be very interesting. I may just have to visit the exhibit for myself,” stated Carissa Morisette, ‘20.

  Paris Lopez, ‘20 found herself excited by the idea of the exhibit.

  “It’s a great thing, especially for little kids to learn and experience things about their favorite characters,” she mentioned.

  Student Alyssa Langley, ‘20 is an aspiring animation voice actress, and she was very pleased to hear about the upcoming museum.

  “I have never seen the Pixar Exhibit, but I believe it is a fun, educational experience that many should endure. I feel that it exposes people to the filming and animation world,” Langley said.

  At this exhibit, visitors enjoy a look into the Pixar process by exploring the science and technology behind its well known movies and characters. It showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts that bring Pixar movies to life. Ticket prices vary from $5 for members, $21.25 for ages 3-11, $27 for adults, and $25 for seniors. For these age groups, ticket prices can be purchased on the museum’s website. Ages two and under have free admission.

 

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