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How Flik
Comes To Life

From pen strokes to pixels to projectors: How a little critter evolved from concept to screen

Wireframe
Polygons
Rendered
 

FLIK IS BORN...

Once the team of story writers hatches the idea for a movie, artists create hundreds of detailed drawings of the characters, such as the star of A Bug's Life.

Concept
Polygons
Rendered
 

...IN WIREFRAME

Solid surfaces are added to give animators a sense of what the characters look like. This is what animators manipulate on their screens to make the characters act their parts.

Concept
Wireframe
Rendered
 

...IN POLYGONS

Solid surfaces are added to give animators a sense of what the characters look like. This is what animators manipulate on their screens to make the characters act their parts.

Concept
Wireframe
Polygons
 

 

...RENDERED

After the animators are through, a program called a shader gives each character its color and texture in different lighting. Hešs ready for show time.

 


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