Piper is a 2016 computer-animated short film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. Written and directed by Alan Barillaro, it was theatrically released alongside Pixar’s Finding Dory on June 17, 2016. The short involves a hungry baby sandpiper learning to overcome her fear of water. The inspiration came from less than a mile away from Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California, where Barillaro, a veteran Pixar animator, would run alongside the shore and notice birds by the thousands fleeing from the water but returning between waves to eat.
I looked into the creation of this short film as I didn’t know much about the development of the short film within cartoons. Therefore I though before I start looking into a textual analysis of this short film. I liked the use of the cartoon within the short film because I thought that this creates emotions and an atmosphere from the reader that I think a realistic film can’t create. I think that animated short films do seem to draw more attention to themselves and I think that they work better as a short film.
When reading an article published by “Business Insider”, I gained more of a base of knowledge about the reasons behind ‘Piper’, and how it began to become a short film as well as the inspiration behind the story line of ‘Piper’.
From this article I learnt that like any other film that Pixar had created it was based on a certain theme or something that the producer/ director has seen and enjoyed watching. From this article I think that the main aspect that helped with the development of my understanding about animated short films was the interview with the director, Alan Barillaro. This helped my because it gave me an look into what are the main factors of developing an idea and how that can be turned into an animated short film.
The interview informs me of the main inspiration if ‘Piper’. Barillaro, lived in LA; were he would walk along the beach each evening. When he was hear he would watch the sandpipers run in and out of the waves trying to get food, he liked watching the baby sandpipers follow the bigger ones to try follow the pattern they had of getting food whilst the sea went out.
Also at this time he was very involved in the ‘Tools’ section of pixar’s editing team, which is where the editors play around with the computer software they use, and try and develop new skills with the programme. This is wear he began to think about creating a short film around the sandpipers he had seen on beach, however the CCO of Pixar, didn’t think much of the idea. But when he was shown the character of ‘Piper’ he though it showed potential. So with the encouragement from the CCO and the director of Finding Dory encouraged him to follow up the character with a story board, which he soon found himself creating, he worked with the story board creators for a year when coming up the the characters and the story lines.
He used the same software that was used in Finding Dory, and created what he could within the software by hand, as he was pushing the software to it’s limits. He used the best rendering that the system can give.
He also commented on how he was going to show the relationship between the the baby and its mother without making it look too human. His aim was to make the birds look like they are having a ‘conversation’ and I think he achieved it.