“Tackling computer generated clouds in ‘Madagascar: The Crate Escape'” by Kermel, Lee, Song and Peterson

  • ©Laurent Kermel, Fangwei Lee, Joon Taik Song, and Scott Peterson




    Tackling computer generated clouds in 'Madagascar: The Crate Escape'



    Computer generated clouds are an important component in the animated movie ‘Madagascar: The Crate Escape’. Our particle based cloud system is used throughout the animated feature in collaboration with our Layout, Lighting and Matte painting departments. It was clear from the beginning that several objectives had to be defined – the techniques used had to be relatively fast and able to create realistic and stylistic clouds, but, also and mainly, be art-directable. Another key component was to create a flexible and memory efficient pipeline designed to accommodate hundreds of production shots.

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