Pixar's newest animated short, The Blue Umbrella, set to hit theaters this June in front of Monsters University, is now slated to have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.
This is not the first time Pixar has debuted a short film separately from its theatrical run. In 2011, La Luna made a festival run before playing in theaters alongside Brave.
Directed by Saschka Unseld, who has worked in Pixar's camera and staging department on such films as Brave, Cars 2 and Toy Story 3, and produced by Marc Greenberg, the project marks the first time a short film will be conceived and directed by one of Pixar's technical artists.
The film also marks Pixar's first use of "deep compositing," in which a scene is created by layering images with three-dimensional data instead of flat, two-dimensional data, giving the filmmakers greater control over the look of the film and viewers the experience of greater depth of field. Pixar is also using global illumination and some compositing in Monsters University.
Check out The Blue Umbrella’s Facebook page for behind-the-scenes clips, and watch the trailer, below:
From Pixar Animation Studios, director Saschka Unseld and producer Marc Greenberg, The Blue Umbrella opens in theaters on June 21, 2013, in front of Monsters University.
Source: Upcoming Pixar