Pixar, Shorts, Studios, The Latest Animation News

New Pixar short ‘Purl’ to debut at SIGGRAPH

Share on Pinterest

First look at new Pixar short Purl

Pixar has just released the first image from new, eight-minute short film Purl, which will be debuting at the SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver this August.

Pixar’s lead short film producer David Lally teased Purl with a tweet saying, “How much yarn does it take to yarn-bomb the Luxo Ball? Find out!” No other details on the film’s plot have been shared.

Purl marks the second film produced as part of Pixar’s new experimental shorts program, announced at last year’s SIGGRAPH. The program aims to allow storytellers more creative opportunities without executive oversight, working under tight deadlines with limited resources in a busy studio. The first short film under the program, Smash and Grab, is reportedly completed but has not yet received wide exposure.

According to the SIGGRAPH program guide, Purl “explores the use of ‘digital backlot’ management, an evolution of Smash and Grab’s motion capture application, sharable animation libraries, our real-time shading software Flow, and production practices that allow a busy feature animation studio to continue telling even more stories.”

Purl is directed by Pixar story artist Kristen Lester, who has been working as a story artist at the studio for the past five years.

“This certainly doesn’t feel like a fluke,” Lester said of her career at Pixar in an article by Times Colonist. “I worked really, really hard to get here…I loved animation more than anything. It’s work done with joy…For me, it was in my soul. It was something innately in me.”

More information on Purl will be revealed when the short film screens at SIGGRAPH on August 13. Pixar employees attending the screening and talk include Lester, Steven Clay Hunter, David Lally, David Munier, Farhez Rayani, and Matthew Silas.

Via Cartoon Brew, Animation World Network, and Slash Film.

What do you think of the image and tease about new short film Purl? What are your thoughts on Pixar’s experimental shorts program?

Share on Pinterest

About Amber

Amber is an imaginative storyteller and visual artist whose greatest ambition is to tell meaningful stories that resonate with people. Since she was young, Amber has enjoyed escaping to faraway worlds through animation, and has continued to follow animation into adulthood because of its limitless storytelling possibilities. Picking favorites is nearly impossible, but Amber would say her top animated films include The Little Mermaid, The Incredibles, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Frozen. She graduated with a B.A. in Interactive Media/Graphic Design and a minor in Journalism, and is currently working as an advertising designer. When she’s not at her day job, Amber can be found working on digital illustrations and photo edits, drafting a new fiction story, or crafting a new cosplay. Send her a tweet at @amber_ld.