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The Making of a Monster

Friday, June 1, 2001

The story of 'Shrek' revolves around the ogre by the same name, whose happy, single life in a swamp is disturbed by the arrival of a throng of fairy-tale creatures who were banished from their home by the evil Lord Farquaad. The story tells how Shrek goes about reclaiming his solitude, and his peaceful swamp, from the motley crew of exiles.
“I worked on the interaction between Shrek and the natural environment,” says the animator, who works for Pacific Data Integration (PDI). The BITS, Pilani and Cornell University computer science graduate co-developed a system for crowd simulation and rendering.

PDI is affiliated to DreamWorks SKG, founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in 1994. PDI uses its proprietary software tools.

There are several stages in the production of an animated film. A layout team first decides how the characters will be set, and how the camera will be positioned. The motion team then adds expressions, emotions and movements. Lastly, the lighting department adds light effects and texture.

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