- Day 907 - rendering, the process of using computer algorithms to generate a final frame, is well under way. The average frame (a move has 24 frames per second) takes about seven hours to render, though complex frames can take nearly 39 hours of computer time. The Pixar building has two massive render farms, each of which contains hundreds of servers running 24 hours a day.
- Day 1,070 - the movie is mostly done. the team has completed 25 of the film's sequences and is finishing the most complicated scene of the move. It has take 27 technical artists four months to perfect that single scene.
- Day 1,084 - Only weeks away from release, the audio mixers at Skywalker Sound combine dialog, music, and sound effects. Every nuance is adjusted and readjusted. Director Unkrich: "We don't ever finish a film - I could keep on making it better. We're just forced to release it."
The process depicted above can be highly constructive for you and your team. Granted, you don't have either the budget or the time to produce a film like Toy Story 3, but you can take the principle above and apply them in your context, resources, and time frame.
So, how about it? What Pixar creative magic can you put to use this week?