Khan Academy has recently launched Pixar in a Box, a behind the scenes look at Pixar Animation Studios' creative process.
This is a FREE online curriculum that shows how Pixar filmmakers use science, technology, engineering, art, and math to creat movie magic! Through a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, students will discover how the academic concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation. Although this program is designed especially for students in middle and high school, these resources are available for everyone...completely FREE of charge! Awesome!
Students can access Pixar in a Box and learn the following:
- How combinatorics are used to create crowds, like the swarm of robots in WALL*E
- How parabolas are used to model environments, like the forest in Brave
- How weighted averages are used to create characters, like Buzz Lightyear and Woody
- How linear and cubic interpolation are used to animate characters
- How trigonometry is used to create the worlds in which Pixar stories take place
- How simultaneous equations are used to paint all of Pixar's images