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

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

Time, PlaceKick-Off Meeting: Wednesday, October 17., 2018, 14:00-16:00 hrs in 02.13.10
Seminar sessions

Wednesday, January 16., 2019, 13:00-17:00 hrs in 02.13.010

Thursday, January 17., 2019, 12:00-16:00 hrs in 02.13.010

Wednesday, January 23., 2019, 13:00-17:00 hrs in 02.13.010

Thursday, January 24., 2019, 12:00-16:00 hrs in 02.13.010

PrerequisitesNone. There will be no preliminary discussion. For more information, please contact Michael Kern or Alexander Kumpf.
RegistrationPlease 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.

Important Dates

HowTo: Paper Writing31.10.2018 (2pm - 4pm)
Paper Submission16.12.2018 (11:59pm, CET)
HowTo: Presentation19.12.2018 (2pm - 4pm)
Slides Submission13.01.2019 (11:59pm, CET)


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

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


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.