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Incredibles 2 Set Design & Action Scenes | #Incredibles2Event

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The best thing that I took away from our Disney sponsored #Incredibles2Event last month was the knowledge/realization of the INCREDIBLE talent and work that goes in to making a Pixar film. I. Had. No. Idea. I knew I loved Pixar films but I really never thought about what it took to create one beyond using a computer. Now that I’ve talked to the talent behind the set design/creating the world of Incredibles 2 AND those that put their talent into all the action scenes, I don’t think I can ever look at a Pixar film the same again.

Inside info on creating the world of Incredibles 2 and creating action scenes
THAT’S INCREDIBLE — In “Incredibles 2,” Helen is in the spotlight, while Bob is at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack, whose superpowers are still under wraps. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone team up to do what they do best. Featuring the voices of Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner and Samuel L. Jackson, Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” opens in theaters on June 15, 2018. (Concept Art) © 2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Incredibles 2 Set Design

If you’ve seen the trailer for Incredibles 2 (check it out below if not) you’ll know that it has some heavy mid-century modern influence! In fact, we learned that the team working on creating the world of Incredibles 2 visited many gorgeous mid-century homes for period appropriate inspiration. The Incredibles’ new house was inspired by James Mason’s home in North by Northwest and I totally see it!

Inside info on creating the world of Incredibles 2 and creating action scenes
Concept art by Kyle Macnaughton, Philip Metschan and Shelly Min Wan. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Inside info on creating the world of Incredibles 2 and creating action scenes
Concept art by Garrett Taylor and Philip Metschan. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

We got to hear from Incredibles 2 Production Designer Ralph Eggleston, Visual Designer Philip Metschan, Shading Art Director Bryn Imagire and Sets Supervisor Nathan Fariss during a presentation at the Incredibles 2 event. The thing that impresses me most about set design in a Pixar film is that they don’t visit a city to film in like they might do for a live action film. They have to create this ENITRE world from scratch and they do! They don’t just make the city and then the Parr’s home, they create EVERYTHING. They know where and how far the city is in relation to their home and they know what exists in between. It’s pretty amazing really.

Inside info on creating the world of Incredibles 2 and creating action scenes
Philip Metschan (Visual Designer) at Incredibles 2 Long Lead Press day, as seen on April 4, 2018 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Marc Flores)
Inside info on creating the world of Incredibles 2 and creating action scenes
An Incredibles 2 art review, including Director Brad Bird and Ralph Eggleston, as seen on June 22, 2017 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)
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HE’S GOT THIS – Bob Parr aka Mr. Incredible attempts his most heroic feat yet: spearheading life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack, whose super powers are about to be discovered by his family. Written and directed by Brad Bird and produced by John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle, Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Beyond just building/creating the set, they have to dress it (foliage, furniture etc.), light it appropriately etc. They have to think of things like, is our floor reacting to light in this scene the way it would naturally? It completely blew my mind. The set is almost a character in itself with all the work that goes into creating it!

Creating Action Scenes for Incredibles 2

The action scenes have so many layers and take so much more than I thought (just like the world around it). We got to hear a presentation from Story Supervisor Ted Mathot, Layout Supervisor Mahyar Abousaeedi, Animator Kureha Yokoo and Effects Artist Amit Baadkar and I have to say, the lengths they go to to create the most realistic action scenes that not only entertain, but help support the characters is amazing! They actually have some similar challenges to live filmed action scenes and many that are unique to them.

Inside info on creating the world of Incredibles 2 and creating action scenes
Animator Korea Yokoo at Incredibles 2 Long Lead Press day, as seen on April 4, 2018 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)
Inside info on creating the world of Incredibles 2 and creating action scenes
Layout Supervisor Mahyar Abousaeedi at Incredibles 2 Long Lead Press day, as seen on April 4, 2018 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Think about creating sparks from scratch, but not simply creating sparks, creating realistic looking (and acting) sparks depending on the materials they are reacting to. Now think about making sure the sparks are the right size, aren’t overpowering the scene and are behaving correctly. NOW think about ALL the little details like that in an entire movie. It’s mind blowing!

Inside info on creating the world of Incredibles 2 and creating action scenes
Concept art by Dean Kelly. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Inside info on creating the world of Incredibles 2 and creating action scenes
TAKING THE WHEEL — In “Incredibles 2,” Helen aka Elastigirl is called on to help bring Supers back. Her mission comes with a brand-new Elasticycle, a state-of-the-art cycle that is designed just for her. Meanwhile, Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal”ù life at home. Featuring the voices of Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson, DisneyïPixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 DisneyïPixar. All Rights Reserved.

I loved hearing about creating the Elasticycle (Elastigirl’s motorcycle) and how they took inspiration from real vehicles and then added some of what makes Elastigirl so unique to her vehicle. There were many unique challenges with not only creating the Elasticycle but with the effects of say, tire smoke, in an action scene or how it reacts within the city.

Inside info on creating the world of Incredibles 2 and creating action scenes
Story Supervisor Ted Mathot at Incredibles 2 Long Lead Press day, as seen on April 4, 2018 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Incredibles 2 Tickets!

I wish I could explain better how truly fascinating these presentations were but without the excitement and full presentation, you’ll just have to take my word for it. When you see Incredibles 2 (grab your tickets on Fandango NOW) just think about how many people, how much talent, and how many tiny details were put into the creation and I think you might love it even more. I know I will!

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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