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Obama Gets A Tour of Dreamworks

Obama Gets A Tour of Dreamworks

President Barack Obama spent part of this afternoon on the campus at Dreamworks Animation in Glendale, where he gave a speech on the economy, and got a tour of the animation facility. I can’t recall any sitting President getting a tour of an actual animation studio – they usually visit Disneyland if anything. 

Obama met with head of production Bill Damaschke and director Tim Johnson attended a voice session with Steve Martin and Jim Parsons for Happy Smekday (aka “Home“) – click here for longer version, abridged version embed below: 

Obama also got a demonstration of how motion capture work from director Dean Dublois (How To Train Your Dragon 2):

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I'm sure glad I don't work at that liberal cesspool.


No, it's not mo-caped. They use this as a first-stage of blocking out the the scene before it moves on into animation. It allows them to try out camera moves, character positioning, basic acting ideas, etc, in real time. Once they have a good idea of how they want the scene to go, they start the more traditional animation process. None of this initial data is used in the final footage.


So, Dragon 2 is mo caped?

Mark Kausler

This kind of thing brings me to the sober realization that glorified rotoscope has replaced the intricate and heartfelt performances of drawn animation at a fundamental level. This kind of instant gratification impressed the President, no doubt, as it would impress visitors to a theme park who want to see how "animated films" are made. But the REAL process of animation isn't quite such a three ring circus, it's a very slow, very painstaking effort. Most of our current generation of ADDs would move to another room after spending 30 seconds watching a real animator at work. There is a finality to our ultimate rejection that weaves through these brief videos of the President being Entertained by "animation".

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