March 26, 2018 2:57 pm
(Variety) Disney Research’s Project Cardinal has been working on a way to turn natural language scripts into virtual reality (VR) pre-visualizations. The tool could ultimately be used for traditional filmmaking as well, said Disney Research digital platforms group lead Sasha Schriber.
Pre-visualizations, rough draft animations that give directors an idea of how their characters behave in a space, and how changes to the script might affect the scene, are a key step in movie-making. But previs, as it’s also called in the industry, can take time. “This is a very lengthy process,” said Schriber about both previs and storyboarding. “Some animation films take sometimes up to two years to finalize the story.”