Alums in the news: Life in cartoon motion edition

Andrew Pienaar ’01 has worked for Pixar on films such as The Incredibles, Wall-E, and Finding Nemo, and is now Lead Lighter for the upcoming short Day & Night, which will be released June 18, with the highly anticipated Toy Story 3. “It is the corollary to live action movies’ director of photography,” Pienaar said. His job encompasses 3-D lighting on the computer, which he compares to stage lighting.

Pienaar described the short as “very innovative,” and something that “no one has ever attempted before,” because Day & Night combines 2-D animation with 3-D technology. Day and Night are characters that are animated in 2-D, but there is a 3-D world literally within their bodies that reflect their internal states. Continue Reading