Thursday, October 20, 2016

California Science Center's The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition

A few weekends ago, I took Benny and Toby to a USC tailgate party. We were near the USC stadium, enjoying hot dogs and burgers overlooking the California Science Center.
On any other occasion, our tailgate location wouldn't have mattered much because the live music and games were keeping us entertained, except, the California Science Center was displaying a HUGE banner of Disney Pixar's Buzz Lightyear, which happens to be one of Benny's all-time favorite characters.
The sign read: "The Science Behind Pixar at the California Science Center. Let Your Imagination Fly."
Benny started asking if the beloved Toy Story Space Ranger was inside "that building".
Well as it turns out, Buzz Lightyear is currently inside the California Science Center.
We visited The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition last weekend with my sister Frances (who's in town from Hong Kong) and had a super fun time!

With more than 40 interactive exhibit elements, the exhibition's eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give guests a unique view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day.

In this area, guests rotate 2D shapes around an axis, which is a mathematical technique modelers use to create 3D objects.

Kids (and adults) can participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts, from members of the studio's production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL-E!

In this Dory display, guests get to select and manipulate the lighting to give the ocean background different looks and effects. As you can see from Toby's face, the green was a bit alarming...LOL!

The exhibit really gives guests a unique perspective as to what it actually takes to bring an animated film to life. There is just so much work involved with creating even the most subtle face gesture on a character, let alone an entire action scene!
Rendering a single frame can take over 30 hours and the exhibit gives guests an opportunity to test their patience with this part of the process too!

If you're a Disney fan like us, you'll probably be excited that the exhibit brings a unique opportunity to shop for Disney Pixar gifts as you exit!

California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Admission is $14.95 for adults / $9.95 for children age 4-12

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition will run through April 9, 2017.
We'll probably visit again before it's gone.
Hope you make it out there too!

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