Buzz Lightyear: the new technology for Imax during its realization

Buzz Lightyear: the new technology for Imax during its realization

Disney Pixar films have always been characterized by delivering high quality in their 3D modeling and production technologies. And this would not be the exception, since they took advantage of the fact that this is their first super production since the pandemic began to include a development in terms of special effects, so that the experience in the cinema is impressive.

According to Angus MacLane, director of the film, “The world of cinema is very different from what it was before covid, so anything we can do to motivate people to go to theaters and support the industry is important for my”.

This new technology applied to the world of cinema consists of the development of new techniques for Imax, so that the visual effects can be better appreciated. According to the creators of the tape, they promise to have a hyper-realistic aesthetic. Since this film was proposed to the company, the creators were aware that they would have to include techniques never before seen in other Pixar productions, if they wanted “Buzz Lightyear” to stand out for the quality of its effects.

But the making of the film did not only consist of the development of technological innovations for filming, but there were other processes that were also carried out in order not to make mistakes. For example, the production team spent several days at NASA learning about astronomy and the technologies used by the US Space Agency in its aeronautical projects, in order to reflect them in the film.

As far as filming is concerned, this technology that was discussed at the beginning consists of virtual Imax cameras with large sensors and spherical lenses with a custom channel for 30 minutes of footage.

This artifact would be the latest in filming, creation and audiovisual production of movies with hyper-realistic 3D modeling.

Jane Yen, the production’s special effects supervisor noted:

“Some other technical challenges for Lightyear that I’ll quickly mention include building Pixar’s first Imax pipeline for movie production. We created a virtual Imax camera with an aspect ratio of 1:43 and developed a pipeline that would allow us to simultaneously shoot the film for Imax and then crop it to our standard 2:39 format.”

Likewise, it is very likely that the use of these new technologies will go beyond Disney Pixar movies and begin to be applied in video games in the not too distant future.

It should be noted that it is in the last decade more than at any other time in the history of cinema when 3D modeling techniques and special effects have been developed the most, driven by the increase in the consumption of more than one device, such as cell phones, tablets and smart tv’s.

This new virtual Imax camera was created in order to be compatible with the Imax screens on which this new film will be projected, taking into account that movie theaters have also been witnessing innovations in their projection methods.

This virtual camera for Imax has been more necessary than ever, considering that after a long time of pandemic, people are willing to go to the most advanced movie theaters in their cities, such as those that offer 4D experiences.

Those in charge of making the film say that another reason why they resorted to the support of NASA was to learn more about the constellations and outer space and to be able to portray them in an almost exact way in production, achieving an immersive experience. .