[making of] Disney’s Maleficent & Re-creating Fully Digital Characters

How do you build a realistic pixie? By building a realistic pixie—then getting rid of it. It’s hard to believe, but the VFX teams behind Maleficent found that fully crossing the uncanny valley requires a pit stop somewhere in the middle: a throwaway CGI render. It’s time-consuming, but as you’ll see in Mike Seymour’s newest dispatch, you can’t argue with the end result.

http://www.wired.com/2014/06/fx-guide-maleficent/

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