While out in LA for the #ChristopherRobinEvent, we visited Walt Disney Animation Studios for #RalphBreaksTheInternetEvent presentations and learned all about how the teams came together to make this amazing movie.
Josie Trinidad (Head of Story), Jason Hand (Story Artist) and Natalie Nourigat (Story Artist), explain the unique roles that the story team played not only in developing a new adventure for Ralph and Vanellope, but also in envisioning the ever-evolving world of the internet
While listening to their presentation, it was evident that collaboration is key to the success of a movie. Jason Hand shared that they are always trying to find best idea. “If it’s not working throw it out and try something different.”
When thinking of Internet concepts, they looked at memes and viral video. Natalie Nourigat shared the process of how some of the Internet choices began to seem more mean than funny and that the Meme Generator seemed to be a better fit.
Serious numbers to Consider for Creation of Ralph Breaks the Internet
- 15 story artists
- 10 screenings
- 45 total sequences
- 153 total sequences boarded
- 7883 total sequences versions
- 283939 total storyboards
I was in awe of these numbers and the amount of choices that need to be made to come up with the final product.
THE WEB’S WIDE WORLD – Matthias Lechner (Art Director, environments), Larry Wu (Head of Environments) and Ernie Petti (Technical Supervisor) talk about the daunting task of turning the abstract concept of the internet into a complex, thriving metropolis.
After a visit to One Wilshire Boulevard in downtown LA, the ideas began to flow. This building houses all internet connections where Internet Wires and servers that connect the world. The building is wires and boxes that inspired what the internet might look like.
Larry Wu shared that they wanted the Internet to have a metropolis feel. Ernie Petti explained that they needed to populate 1000s of buildings and find new innovative ways to handle the amount of sheer stuff.
In addition to the many stages of lighting that brought life to the Internet world we see, we also found out that there are so many Easter eggs in this movie. There are little hidden jokes everywhere.
Advice for Our Younger Generations: Draw as much as you can. Intern in an animation studio. If you like animation, you can go to art school or you can have a science background.
The type of work needed to create such an amazing place is a marriage of art and technology. When these backgrounds come together, groundbreaking work occurs.
POPULATING THE INTERNET – Cory Loftis (Production Designer), Dave Komorowski (Head of Characters and Technical Animation), Renato dos Anjos (Head of Animation) and Moe El-Ali (Crowds’ Supervisor) explore the process of creating the inhabitants of the internet, from the “Netizens” to the “Net Users”
In this new movie, the characters are enhanced and richer. You will see wrinkles in clothes and the skin looks more lifelike.
Who are the Characters of the Internet in Ralph Breaks the Internet?
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- Net users are Internet versions of you and me. They are the avatars.
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- Netizens – full-time citizens of Internet They work at various websites and offer guidance as you search
Who is Yess?
- She is the curator of cool on the Internet
- Constantly changing outfits and hairstyles
- Algorithm- she has digital Circuitry running through her dress
- Coat is made of fiber optics
- Receives information – data is flowing through her hair
Who is KnowsMore?
Ask Jeeves like KnowsMore is a mascot of his own website. At first, they played around with what he should look like. Maybe a Lightbulb? They went with professor.
At the end of our time together, Renato dos Anjos, Head of Animation, said, “I think Walt would be proud.”
I would have to say I truly agree!
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