“PGi-13” by Shimbe Shim

  • ©Beomsik Shimbe Shim


SIGGRAPH Video Review:









    PGi-13: Parental guidance suggested for the protection of children’s imagination under the age of 13.

    After dinner one evening, I became suspicious of the tea I was about to put into a steaming cup of water. What exactly was hidden in that foggy bag? Was it just the ordinary dried leaves of the box’s friendly illustrations? I wondered if it might be something much spookier.

    In a classroom, four children are waiting for a special imagination test. The children receive water and teabags from a giant metallic pot on the ceiling, and they begin to imagine they can revive their tea back to its pre-tea form. Each child is given a different type of tea. The first child has regular green tea. The second tea is made of dried butterfly wings. The third child gets his tea, too, but the last one is accidentally given tea rated “PGi-13.” And the child begins to imagine without parental guidance.


    HARDWARE: PC/Intel P4 single 2.4 GHz CPU, 512 MB RAM. Rendering farm: 8
    CPUs. Graphics card: Nvidia Gforce4.


    SOFTWARE DEVELOPER: Modeling, animation, and dynamics: Maya 5.0. Rendering: Mental
    Ray 3.2. Compositing: After FX 6.0. Additional software: Photoshop 7.0.

Additional Contributors:

    Producer: Shim, Beom Sik

Additional Information:

    Modeling: Polygons. Rendering technique used most: Mental Ray. Average CPU time for rendering per frame: 18 minutes, ranging from 10 minutes to three hours. Total production time: four months. Production highlight: Many kinds of alpha-channel sequences were needed to create this animation. I created the alpha channel for the pouring-water sequences using soy sauce and a glass cup and made the alpha-channel sequences for the climax scene by recording a silhouette of hands projected on a white cloth with a 6mm-lens DV camera.

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