Museum of Science in Boston will exhibit The Science Behind Pixar this summer

The Museum of Science in Boston will host the world premiere exhibit of The Science Behind Pixar this summer.

The 10,000 square foot exhibition has more than 40 interactive exhibits demonstrating the science, technology, engineering and math concepts behind the artists and computer scientists at the animation studio. It opens June 28, 2015.
“The Science Behind Pixar is a behind-the-scenes look at how our movies are made,” Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios said in a news release. “It’s a great demonstration of how much creativity and imagination is involved in the science, technology, engineering, art and math thinking essential to our filmmaking process.”

The exhibition is broken into eight sections each focusing on a step of the filmmaking process:


Modeling: Visitors will envision how digital sculptures are created based on sketches from artists.

Rigging: This part showcases how the models are given a virtual skeleton to enable the animators to add movement.


Surfaces: Visitors immerse themselves in the techniques behind adding color and texture to every surface in a film. Visitors will also have the opportunity to take their photo with human-size recreations of many of their favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E.

Sets & Cameras: Visitors will discover how a bugs-eye view was achieved for “A Bug’s Life,” through camera angles and large-set design within the computer

Lighting: Visitors will explore creating animated water with virtual light in “Finding Nemo.”

Animation, Simulation and Rendering round out the exhibition.

Tickets for The Science Behind Pixar go on sale in April. More information is available by calling 617-723-2500 or at the museum’s website.