The Dreamworks exhibition in Te Papa, Wellington ran earlier this year. For those of you Dreamworks animation fans that couldn’t make it – I took some photos wandering through and there is also a video of the interactive displays at the end of this post 🙂
For a $15 entry fee, I think this was a wonderful exhibition! There were so many original artworks, models, behind-the-scenes interviews, and snippets of films explained with their storyboards. Not only did the exhibition give me a greater appreciation of Dreamworks’ works (hehe), it also gave me a greater understanding of how animation worked in general. The amount of work that goes into creating the realistic animated movements is ridiculous!
The layout of the exhibition was fantastic – from the early design stages of the animations with outstanding sketches, illustrations, sculpts, and architectural drawings; to the screenplay side-by-side comparisons; and finally to the 3D renders and hands-on animation tools that show how the lighting and character expressions/poses can be changed fluidly for scenes. It was so insightful!
Without further ado, let’s enjoy the behind-the-scenes work that goes into these beautiful movies!
There were even miniature displays on the way out towards the gift shop –
And finally, a few complimentary photos of the view from the 6th floor. It was a beautiful day 🙂
Some of the displays were difficult to showcase through photos, so I also took videos. Here are the interactive displays such as modifying character features/settings, layers of modelling behind scenes, and more: