Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios Exhibit Opens
“From overall design to modeling in clay, modeling in the computer, skin color, hair texture, suggestions on how characters might move, everything is considered,” says illustrator Peter de Sève, the lead character designer for the “Ice Age” series. Starting with scriptwriting, story and character development, the process is then turned over to departments dedicated to rigging (a sort of computerized skeleton for the characters), lighting, materials (including clothes and fur), special effects, and a complex computer rendering farm using Blue Sky’s proprietary CGI Studio software, which transforms the animators’ virtual 3D world into an final motion picture. This extensive creative process has given birth to such colorful characters as Bunny, Sid the Sloth, Manny the Mammoth, Diego The Saber-toothed Tiger, Robot Rodney Copperbottom and his buddy Fender, and Blu, the Minnesota Macaw--rendered by computer, but developed through the soul of artists and storytellers. In co-founder Chris Wedge’s view, the art challenges technology and technology inspires the art. “The only limit to what can be accomplished in this world is our ability to imagine what is possible. This is the Blue Sky idea, and I promise you that it works.”
About Blue Sky Studios
Blue Sky Studios is the Academy Award©-winning, feature CG animation studio behind the wildly successful “Ice Age” franchise. Using their propriety rendering software, CGI Studio©, Blue Sky creates photo-realistic, high-resolution, computer-generated character animation and rendering to create timeless stories for children of all ages. Blue Sky is the studio behind “Ice Age” (2002), “Robots” (2005), “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006), “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” (2008), “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2009) and “Rio” (2011). Blue Sky Studios is wholly owned by Twentieth Century Fox.
Exhibition-Related Programs and Events
EXHIBITION OPENING WEEKEND
ICE/HOT Preview Party
Friday, June 10
Join us for a special evening in honor of the creative talent behind the art of Blue Sky Studios. Meet Chris Wedge, Blue Sky Studios’ VP of Creative, who co-founded the animation studio back in 1987. Also in attendance will be award-winning illustrator Peter de Sève, the lead character designer for Blue Sky Studios’ “Ice Age” series. In addition to his work in animation, the artist’s elegant drawings grace the covers and pages of “The New Yorker,” and appear in many illustrated books, including “Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery, and A Marriage;” “The Duchess of Whimsy” by Randall de Sève; “Fin McCoul” by Brian Gleeson, among others. The evening will include cocktails; hors d’oeuvres; a raw bar; wine tasting; music from the Bossa Triba Quartet; and dessert at the Museum’s historic Linwood House, which overlooks Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio and the Housatonic River. A limited number of tickets are still available for the event at $125 and up. Festive attire is recommended. Please contact the Museum at 413.931.2230 for more details.
Exhibition Opening Celebration
Saturday, June 11, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the art of animation with a first-ever look behind the scenes at Blue Sky Studios, where cutting-edge creativity and technique brings imaginative characters and stories to life. Meet members of the Blue Sky creative team, with commentary by co-founder/VP of Creative Chris Wedge, and award-winning illustrator and “Ice Age” character designer Peter de Sève at 6:30 p.m. A festive reception and party will follow, including “Rio colada” snow cones, Blue Sky balloon sculptures, wine and caricatures courtesy of winetasting.com, as well as other ICE/HOT fun, party fare and libations. Admission to the opening costs $30 per person (or $75 per family), and $20 per person ($75 per family) for Museum members. For more information or to make reservations, please contact the Museum at 413.931.2234.