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Learn the science behind Pixar's animation at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry through Sept. 2.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS:  - Visitors to OMSIs the Science Behind Pixar exhibit pose with models of some of their favorite Pixar characters including Edna Mode.

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"The Science Behind Pixar," an exhibition about the technical workings behind some of the studio's animated films, is on display at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

This hands-on exhibition demonstrates the technology that supports the creativity and artistry of Pixar's storytellers.

Created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios, and featuring more than 40 interactive elements, "The Science Behind Pixar" showcases the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar's films to the big screen.

The interactive exhibit "offers people a hands-on opportunity to understand how we make our films," said Jim Morris, president of Pixar Animation Studios. "At Pixar we use science, technology, engineering, art and math — along with a significant dash of creativity and fun — and this exhibit is truly a great demonstration of how all those ingredients come together in our filmmaking process."

In the rigging area, visitors pose with models of Mike and Sulley from Monsters University. It is part of the Science Behind Pixar on exhibit at OMSI now through Sept. 2.

Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by Pixar films, from the first-ever computer animated feature film "Toy Story," which opened over two decades ago, to Pixar's summer 2015 release "Inside Out."

The exhibit is broken into eight sections, each focusing on a step of the filmmaking process.

  • Modeling — Envision how digital sculptures are created based on sketches from artists.

  • Rigging — Showcases how the models are given a virtual skeleton to enable the animators to add movement.

  • Surfaces — Understand the techniques behind adding color and texture to every surface in a film.

  • Sets and cameras — Discover how a bug's eye view was achieved for "A Bug's Life" through camera angles and large-set design within the computer.

  • Animation — See how animators bring characters to life, posing them to act out each scene.

  • Simulation — Immerse yourself in computer effects and create believable movement in a virtual school of fish.

  • Lighting — Try to solve hands-on lighting challenges similar to what Pixar artists faced in creating animated water with virtual light in "Finding Nemo."

  • Rendering — Explore how Pixar animators turn all of the data and programming into the final film you see onscreen.

    "The Science Behind Pixar" is at OMSI through Sept. 2.

    Tickets to the exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $21 for adults, $14 for youth (ages 3-13) and $17 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI members are $5 for adults, $3 for youth and $4 for seniors.

    Guests can purchase tickets online at, by phone at 503-797-4000 or at the museum, located at 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland.

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