Day & Night (2010 film)


Day & Night is a Pixar animated short film, directed by Teddy Newton and produced by Kevin Reher. It was packaged to be shown in theatres before Toy Story 3 and has been released to purchase on iTunes in the United States. Unlike most other Pixar shorts, the animation style combines 2D and 3D elements, and Up production designer, Don Shank says it is “unlike anything Pixar has produced before”.

What is the story:

Day & Night follows two characters, Day and Night. Inside Day is a day scene with a sun in the centre, and inside Night is a night scene with a moon in the centre. Whatever goes on inside of Day or Night expresses normal events that typically occur within a day or night, respectively, and these events often correspond with actions or emotions or actions that Day or Night express. For example, when Day is happy he will have a rainbow inside him, and when Night is happy he will have fireworks inside him.

Day and Night meet and at first are uneasy about each other. They are dismissive of each other because each perceives the other as being different, and their prejudices result in a physical altercation between the two. However, as the characters discover the many fascinating events that occur in each other, they learn to appreciate them and learn to like one another. At the end of the film, the Sun descends in Day and rises in Night, so that when the Sun is at the same height above the horizon in each, both characters appear to be identical. As the Sun continues its course, Day becomes Night, and Night becomes Day.

How was it made?

The Day and Night creative team has never done anything like this short film before. They have discussed the idea and agreed on the development stages. The story has a weird concept. Amalgamating 2D and 3D animation techniques have conveyed it. They have decided to have two opposite characters that will meet and they should be drawn on 2D and within them, the viewer could see the 3D environment, which will tell the story and will reflect on the character’s emotions. The concept artist drew the characters and scenes and pitched the idea in a storyboard. Then they discussed the storyboards with the rest of the team and reflected on the feedback by doing some changes. The team of animators worked closely together to make the characters move and synchronize the background and the scenes. Other members of the team worked on the transition between the scenes and some additional effects. After that, the sound engineers added appropriate sound to compliment the animation and the graphic designers created the title and choose a suitable typeface for the credits.

The short uses a novel effect of combining 2D and 3D animation. The outlines of both characters are hand drawn and animated in 2-D, while the scenes inside their silhouettes are rendered in 3D. The use of a masking technique allows the 2D characters to be windows into a 3D world inside them. The Day & Night is Pixar’s second short film to be partially animated in 2D, after Your Friend the Rat.

Produced by :

  • John Lasseter – Executive Producer
  • Kevin Reher- Producer
  • Marc Sondheimer – Executive Producer

Music by:

  • Michael Giacchino

Film Editing by:

  • Greg Snyder

Production Design by:

  • Don Shank


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