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The giveaway is now closed, but keep reading for a look at how CGI movies evolve, plus you can check out my full Tangled review here.
Last month Jake, Fiona and I had a very special experience: we got to see an unfinished preview of Disney’s new movie Tangled, which will be in theaters on November 24th. I wouldn’t want to see every movie this way, but it was an incredible look into how much goes into making a CGI movie. Tangled, when finished, will be 3D, but we saw it in a very different form.
We saw the “entire” movie, meaning the whole story. But much of the animation was not complete yet. Different scenes – and even different shots within the same scenes – we presented at different stages of completeness, including basic storyboards giving an idea of what was happening in the scene; very basic CGI renderings of the characters without their “costumes” (they weren’t naked, they were wearing basic bodysuits, and Rapunzel had a short bob); fully-rendered scenes that hadn’t been “lit” yet (no highlights or shadows); and finally completely finished scenes. There were even more “levels” in between these (I forget all of the subtle differences), and of course there was no 3D, but you get the idea.
I had a lot of misconceptions about CGI movies. I thought that once the computer animators “built” the characters and the set, that was it – they could just tell them what to do. Seeing the different stages really drove home how complex, hands-on and artistic a process it is and just how much work goes into it. Every piece of scenery, every detail is made first by a person, not a computer. The effect in this case is breathtaking, from the flowing hair to the incredibly detailed and beautiful scenery. I’m really excited to see the finished product in a few weeks.
What was especially great was that Jake and Fiona both loved it equally. Coming so close on the heels of another Disney movie the three of us adored, Secretariat, it’s so refreshing to see another movie made for kids but totally loved by adults.
I’ll write a full review after we see the finished movie. Until then, here’s a little giveaway to hold you over: three winners will each receive a Tangled t-shirt and a pack of Tangled character Silly Bandz. There are three different shirts so the winners will get to choose which shirt they want in the order their number is drawn.
To enter, all you have to do is tell me your favorite Disney animated movie. And if you don’t have one…well then you’re probably not wanting to enter this contest anyway. I mean seriously, who doesn’t have a favorite Disney animated movie? So leave your favorite in a comment on this post.
For a second entry, you may tweet about this contest with a link back to this page. Or, you can copy and tweet the following:
Want 2 win some cool stuff from the new #Disney movie #Tangled? @SelfishMom has 3 prize packs to give away! http://bit.ly/dvvYlO
Make sure to leave a second comment with a link to your tweet, or it won’t count (instructions on how to find and post the url of your tweet can be found here).
So, that’s a maximum of two entries per household please! This contest will close at noon-ish on Wednesday, November 24th (Tangled‘s release date!) and the winners will be chosen by random.org. Each entrant may only win a maximum of one prize pack. Must be at least 18 years of age to enter. Prizes may be mailed within the United States only. See my complete Giveaway Rules page for more information.
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