“Surf’s Up: A Practical Guide to Making Waves” by Sony Pictures Imageworks

  • ©Rob Bredow  Sony Pictures Imageworks



    Surf's Up: A Practical Guide to Making Waves


Company / Institution / Agency:

  • Sony Pictures Imageworks


    Ride a wave with Cody and the cast of the animated feature film “Surf’s Up” while getting a glimpse of the techniques used to make the film, which profiles teenage Rockhopper penguin Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), an up-and-coming surfer, as he enters his first pro competition. Followed by a hand-held camera to document his experiences, Cody travels to Pen Gu Island for the Big Z Memorial Surf Off. But when he unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a washed-up old surfer named Geek (Jeff Bridges), Cody begins to find his own way and discovers that a true winner isn’t always the one who comes in first.


    Multiple systems including Dell, IBM, HP,
    Apple, and others
    Customized camera motion-capture system Rendering farm: thousands of CPUs


    Modeling, animation, rendering, dynamics,
    and compositing: a variety of off-the-shelf software, internally developed facility tools, and custom tools developed specifically for the show
    Custom software: wave animation tools, wave shading, custom dso’s and other plugins for various effects
    OS: various

Additional Contributors:

    Surf’s Up: “A Practical Guide to Making Waves”

    Director: Rob Bredow

    Producer: Lydia Bottegoni

    Editor: Mark Yeager

    “Surf’s Up” Production Crew

    Directors: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck

    Producer: Chris Jenkins

    Co-Producer: Lydia B

    Digital Producer: Chris Juen

    VFX Executive Producer: Jenny Fulle

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