Bachelor-Seminar - How to make a PIXAR Movie (IN0014, IN4684)

hold by Michael Kern, Alexander Kumpf, Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Westermann

Time, Place

Kick-Off: 24.04.19 from 10:00 - 12:00 in 02.13.010

Seminar sessions

HowTo: Paper writing: 02.05. from 16:00-18:00 in 02.09.023
HowTo: Presentation:  08.05. from 12:00-14:00 in 01.09.014
05.06. & 12.06.19 from 12:00-17:00 in MW1237
06.06. & 13.06.19 from 12:00-16:30 in MW1237

Prerequisites None. There will be no preliminary discussion. For more information, please contact Michael Kern or Alexander Kumpf.
Registration Please register via the matching system.


The main purpose of this seminar is to introduce the basic ideas of computer graphics. Exemplary topics as they occur in the process of generating an animated feature-film will be discussed. The seminar will try to cover the entire pipeline from the storyboard to the final movie, thus giving detailed insight in how computer-assisted animation is done today. The focus will be on computer graphics, but there will be other topics that address more artistic views as well.

To successfully participate in this seminar, the attendants have to write a scientific short-paper (6 pages) using the ACM-style template with a double-column layout. Additionally, they have to prepare a talk which should last 25 minutes. Both, papers and talks can be written or held in German or English, with German being preferred.


Listed below are the topics covered in this seminar. Only two students can share the same topic.

# Topic Supervisor
01 The Production Pipeline
02 Modeling and Texturing
03 Rigging and Animation
04 Motion Capturing
05 Rigid and Soft Body Dynamics    
06 Fluid Simulation
07 Lighting and Shading
08 Rendering
09 Global Illumination
10 Hair and Fur Simulation
11 Non-Photorealistic Rendering
12 Postproduction


Paper Templates:

Overleaf Template (Registration Required!)

EuroVis Star Template (Offline)

Presentation Templates:




Literature and Links

ACM Digital Library

The TUM has an account at the ACM digital library which hosts some of the most important conferences on Computer Graphics. To access it, proceed as follows:

  • Configure your browser to use at port 8080.
  • Read the three bullets below, then browse to ACM Digital Library.
  • Make sure you see "HeBIS: TU Muenchen" witten in the logo, and not "Technische Universitaet Muenchen".
  • Now you can search for papers, topics etc. They are hosted in pdf format.
  • It might be necessary to perform the above procedure from within the TU web.