5.6. Regular Expressions

The Firebird segment of Fantasia 2000 has only three characters: a sprite, the firebird of the title, and a somewhat fastidious elk. Although the elk is the least remarked of the three, he is actually one of the more remarkable figures. His body and facial expressions are hand-drawn by traditional Disney animation techniques. His antlers, however, are a three-dimensional computer model. The challenge was to match the movement of the antlers with the hand-drawn two- dimensional animation. Solving this problem brought not only the elk to Fantasia 2000; it brought me along as well.

My computer-generated imagery (CGI) supervisor, Chyuan, came up with the splendid idea of capturing the stream of camera positions mapping the ...

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