BERLIN -- Following its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, Pixar has released the gorgeous poster art from the festival for its newest animated short, The Blue Umbrella.
Billed as a love story between two umbrellas -- one blue, one not – the short is 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 has been 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, the animated feature in front of which The Blue Umbrella will play for U.S. audiences starting June 21, 2013.
If you haven't already seen it, watch the trailer, below:
Source: Walt Disney Studios