View Full Version : ‘Dragon 2′ Reaps Benefits of DreamWorks Animation’s Techie Innovation (Apollo)

02-12-2015, 05:34 PM
"To propel this saga that revolves around a boy and his fire-breathing companion, hundreds of computer animation artists used software that DreamWorks Animation built and employed for the first time. This system, called Apollo, integrates a range of processes — from modeling and animation to lighting and visual effects.

“We wanted to eliminate complexity from artists’ lives,” says DWA chief technologist Lincoln Wallen. “In the past, a lot of their time was spent managing data and rifling through files. Now it’s more like using your smartphone. You don’t need to know where the data is; you just open an app and manipulate it.”

DreamWorks Animation engineers spent five years developing this approach, and they collaborated with animators to make the tools artist-friendly."

02-12-2015, 08:08 PM
Isn't that something said about nearly
any animated film now?
Pixar for Monster U's bit about making things as slick and streamlined as possible to make it easier on the animators.

And, as someone living in LA... if I have to listen to one more "For your consideration" commercial for Dragons 2, I'm going to go Postal! For others, just think about how annoying it is around voting time with all the radio and TV commercials telling you to "Vote No on Yes!"
Only a bit worse because there are fewer runners.

02-12-2015, 09:33 PM
Here is a video on Apollo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liqn03OKQBg (great video)