J. Garcia, S. Palmer, S. Drakeley, D. Hutchins, E. Ramos, R. Habel, A. Stomakhin.
Rigging the Oceans of Disney’s “Moana”.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 (Technical briefs).
Disney’s “Moana” was set in an environment inspired by the Pacific
Islands, which made the ocean a prominent setting throughout the
film. For much of the film, we found it necessary to treat our oceans
like we would our hero characters, and so we developed three ocean
rigs that formed the basis of all our ocean variants. Using a uni-
fied workflow that our artists were already familiar with, these rigs
gave them the ability to easily portray and dial in a wide variety
of ocean types such as open seas, calm seas, stormy seas, lagoons,
shorelines, and wide ocean vistas, some which spanned hundreds of
kilometers out to the horizon. This paper describes the techniques
we used and some of the challenges we faced in developing these