Papers by Athena Xenakis

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Anyone Can Cook -- Inside Ratatouille's Kitchen

Jun Han Cho, Athena Xenakis, Stefan Gronsky, Apurva Shah
July 2007

The passion for cooking and food are the central theme of Pixar's recent film - Ratatouille. This complex and multi-faceted problem posed many challenges that were solved using diverse computer graphics and production techniques. In this course we will comprehensively cover all aspects including modeling, dressing, shading, lighting and effects.

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Available as Siggraph 2007 Course Notes, Course Number 30

Automating the Handmade: Shading Thousands of Garments for Coco

Byron Bashforth, Fernando de Goes, Jacob Kuenzel, Jake Merrell, Athena Xenakis
August 2018

Coco presented a challenge for the garment shading team. Firstly, the scale of the movie is significant with both the human and skeleton worlds filled with primary, secondary, and background characters. Secondly, the garments speak to a specific culture and our shading needed to be very detailed to ... more

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Elemental Characters: Making Characters Out of Thin Air

Markus Kranzler, Krzysztof Rost, Ravindra Dwivedi, Athena Xenakis, Andrew Pettit
May 2023

Pixar's upcoming feature film Elemental required many new technical solutions due to its ambitious visual language and storytelling. The film's characters, made of different elements - fire, water, air, and earth, required a unique approach in finding answers. For our main Air characters we had to come up with a ... more

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SIGGRAPH Talks 2023