A Look inside Disney’s Frozen


FROZEN is the newest 3D animated film to be released by the Walt Disney Studios at the end of November.

WD Animation Studios and Screenwriter, Jennifer Lee borrowed from the basic storyline of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen.  Adding their own unique magic and a bit of pixie dust, the story is transformed into the studio’s next hit movie.

FROZEN is full of twists and turns that take the characters from one adventure to another, meeting mystical trolls, a snowman and a pet reindeer, along the way.  Full of humor, innocence and new characters to love.

The events of the day provided the opportunity to meet and hear from various departments.   The extensive amount of hard work, dedication and expertise needed to make FROZEN is evident in every session.

The Art Direction team traveled to Norway where they found beautiful stave churches (country churches) full of rustic charm and elegance to use as the inspiration for Arendelle.  The castle was set in a fjord (a vertical rock formation) that provides a perfect setting for the eternal winter scenes.   Along with beautiful sites and ideas for the castle, The artists also discovered Rosemaling (which is rustic painting or folk art).   Rosemaling’s intricate designs used throughout the movie in varying degrees from buildings to character clothing provide just the right touch of elegance.

The Animation Department provided insight into the nuances required for each character.  During Elsa’s song, Let it Go, animators were challenged in the art of animating, Elsa’s every movement and expressions.  From the way her breathing and diaphram are visible through the costume to the various emotions during the song, the animators had the difficult task of making each movement realistic and believable.

In the Rigging Lab, CG Supervisor, Frank Hanner, along with Rigging Supervisor, Greg Smith and Simulation Supervisor, Keith Wilson provided an informative session.  Rigging lab takes digital models of the characters and start by building the skeleton, attaching muscles and skin.  The next step is to build a set of controls for the animators to push and pull the body and face into the desired positions.  Rigging also includes the simulations needed for clothes and hair.  A fun, learning hands-on computer experience gave visitors the opportunity of controlling and modifying Olaf.

The use of specially equipped motion cameras with LED lights allowed the FX crew to enter the virtual world and track motion.  Unlike the traditional computer software, this method allows for smooth transition between each frame.

FROZEN comes to theatres on November 27, 2013

heatres – November 27, 2013, FROZEN is a must see for Disney movie fans, young and old.

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