Flags and Waves
|Flags and Waves|
|Directed by||Bill Reeves & Alain Fournier|
|Produced by||Bill Reeves & Alain Fournier|
|Written by||Bill Reeves & Alain Fournier|
Flags and Waves is a short computer animation test clip created by animator Bill Reeves and Alain Fournier for Pixar in 1986. The clip included waves reflecting a sunset and lapping against the shore. Reeves and Fournier made the project, with the feedback of John Lasseter, to work out details of rendering water and waves realistically including lighting, motion, and shading. It was exhibited at SIGGRAPH in Dallas in 1986, along with Lasseter's landmark computer-animated short Luxo Jr. and another test project, Beach Chair by Eben Ostby. The methods developed during the creation of this project were the basis of the water in Finding Nemo.
The fourteen second short begins with the title Flags and Waves, and under it the title in French: Drapeaux et Vagues, superimposed on the SMPTE color bars while a high-pitch frequency sound is made. The bars are revealed to be a flag flapping in the wind as the noise shifts to the sound of a calm beach side. The camera pans up to show three more flags flapping in front of a beach as the bright sun appears to be setting.
- Price, David (2008). The Pixar Touch. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0-307-26575-7. 2009 Vintage Books edition: ISBN 978-0-307-27829-6, p. 91. Excerpt available at Google Books.
- A.M. Buckley, Pixar: The Company and Its Founders (ABDO, 2011), ISBN 978-1-61714-810-1, p.39. Excerpt available at Google Books.
- John Lasseter by Richard Neupert p. 55 ISBN 9780252098352
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