Creating a world

I was reading an article on the New York Times about the Lego movie, and it talked about the level of detail that went into creating the blocks. I love the idea that creating authenticity, for a movie using lego blocks, involves this level of detail:

One key to giving the Lego bricks and figures authenticity — that is, to avoid having them seem digitally perfect — was to find ways to make them look as if they were played with. Research went into exploring how many digital smudges and thumbprints would go on the figures and even how much virtual dandruff should be in the shot.

“If you were animating this in real life, there would be all of these dust particles, and there is a bit of actual dandruff,” Mr. Miller said. “We did a little test of how much was too much. And once it became noticeable and it looked like Christmas snow, that seemed like it was too much.” Some characters were older and presumably had gotten a lot of wear, like the ‘80s Spaceman figure, whose helmet is cracked and whose spacesuit is slightly faded. The team also wanted to make sure that plenty of bricks were not pressed firmly together, to give the sense that they were put together by hand … 


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