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“Artists Who Work At Pixar”
Updated 2012-09-13
Exclusively for The One Academy Students!

Meet Paul Topolos and Meng Yu, creative animation experts from Pixar, the world-leading animation studio, during the upcoming international professional lecturing and mentoring programme held exclusively for The One Academy students, aptly titled “Artists who work at Pixar”.

Paul Topolos apprenticed with artists Charles Pyle and Iain McCaig before beginning his career in the video games division of Lucas companies as a storyboard artist, concept designer, matte painter, art director and 3D modeler. Later he was part of the team that produced Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

Since joining Pixar in 2002, Topolos has contributed to the production of Finding Nemo and every subsequent feature animations such as The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up , Brave and Toy Story 3. His areas of expertise included landscapes, concept paintings, colour studies, storyboarding, character design, model painting and photographic paintings.

Meng Yu grew up in Beijing, studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in University of California Berkeley, before receiving her Master degree in Computer Science from Stanford. Yu joined Pixar Animation Studios in August 2006 as a software engineer and effects artist. During her six years at Pixar Yu developed expertise in modeling and simulation for cloth, hair and fur.

In the production of Up, she helped develop animation and cloth tailoring tools. Later on in Toy Story 3, she was responsible for the creation of the new cloth tailoring pipeline, as well as shot simulation and effects. She was credited as "3D cloth technology development" for her contribution to cloth modeling in animation filmmaking.

As Princess Merida, the lead character in Brave sports an profoundly untamed hair that was new to Pixar, Yu accomplished the most complicated and challenging cloth and hair simulation work that was cut out for her. She created 1,500 individually sculpted, curly red strands for Princess Merida, which altogether generated about 111,700 wavy hairs.

Come and meet these great animation experts who contributed tremendously to the success of your favorite animation blockbusters, and learn from them directly, so that you will be equally prominent and outstanding one day!

Attendance for the Seminar is compulsory for selected batches of Digital Animation and Illustration student. For more information as well as reservation, please contact Ms. Jaime at the number 03.5637.5510 ext 331 (Digital Animation sduents) or Ms. Hui Jing at the number 03.5637.5510 ext 342 (Illustration students).

1. Critique & Sharing Session: Pre-Production for Students’ Animation Short Films

Date: 24 September 2012 (Monday)
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue: AVH1, The One Academy Main Block

2. Seminar: Learn from the Artist Who Work At Pixar Animation Studio

Date: 26 September 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue: AVH1, The One Academy Main Block

3. Lecture & Workshop by Paul Topolos: Concept Art & Pre-Production Phase

Date: 27 September 2012 (Thursday)
Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Venue: Digital Art Lab

4. Lecture & Workshop by Meng Yu: Cloth, Hair and Fur Simulation (Exclusive for DG Semester 9 Students)

Date: 27 September 2012 (Thursday)
Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Venue: DG Working Studio