Procedural People in Pixar’s Presto: New Workflows for Interactive Crowds

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*All presentations are available in the virtual platform on-demand. There will be a Real-Time Live! gallery onsite in Hall E, Tokyo International Forum from 15 – 17 December 2021. Watch the LIVE demonstrations from 10.30am-12.30pm on 17 December in Hall C, Tokyo International Forum and online.

Description: Pixar’s Presto Crowd Framework (Pcf) has taken interactive crowd scalability to new heights by harnessing the power of Presto’s scalable execution framework for procedurally rigged crowds. We’ll demonstrate how to rig and animate a stadium size crowd while maintaining interactive frame rates and live control.

Paul Kanyuk, Pixar Animation Studios, United States of America

Paul Kanyuk is a Crowds Technical Supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios with credits on "Cars", "Ratatouille", "Wall-E", "Up", "Cars 2", "Brave", "Monster’s University", "Lava", "The Good Dinosaur", "Finding Dory", "Cars 3", "Incredibles 2", and "Onward". His specialty is crowd simulation, shading, and rendering, and he is responsible for the procedural animation and rendering of numerous crowd spectacles, including the hordes of rats in "Ratatouille", the deluge of falling passengers in "Wall-E", and the vicious pack of talking dogs in "Up". Paul earned his BSE in Digital Media Design at the University of Pennsylvania and teaches courses in RenderMan and Crowd Simulation at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.