Can the power of math win you 21 Academy Awards & 9 Golden Globes?
How about grossing $15B in the box office?
Or help you to be worth $7.5B?
Not if you are Pixar.
The secret to Pixar’s super high quality & detailed animations and lightning-quick movie production is a single mathematical concept –
Remember how branches of the tree repeat themselves as they grow with each new branch having its own branches?
That’s a simple expression of Fractals.
Benoit Mandelbrot created the first mathematical set to explain this phenomenon.
Loren Carpenter, working for Boeing used this set to generate computer graphics to simulate a mountainous background in minutes.
This would have taken his team decades to complete – but using this self-replication, it was done in minutes.
Loren realized how big this idea was and went on to co-found Pixar.
Pixar developed their rendering engine on the basis of this model – RenderMan.
The renders were some of the most realistic to date.
Fractals are now behind every one of Pixar’s movies since then.
[ Remember how branches of the tree repeat themselves as they grow? That’s a simple expression of Fractals. Fractals are the expression for patterns in nature that appear exactly the same way at varying scales of magnification with repetitions maintaining self-similarity. ]
Of course, all the other bits to making a movie are equally important, but this gave them years to focus on the other things that mattered.
So now you know why it’s so realistic – it's because it mimics the code behind nature itself.
Did you know about this before?