Fakultät Informatik

Proseminar/Seminar - How to make a PIXAR movie

Prof. Dr. Westermann,  Christian Dick

Proseminar/Seminar - How to make a PIXAR movie

Time, Place

26./27.01.2012, Room MI 02.13.010


Introduction & topic assignment on Tuesday, 18.10.2011 at 15:00-16:00 in room MI 02.13.010




Registration is CLOSED. There are no free places left. To register, it was required to send an e-mail to dick@tum.de (including name, matriculation number, semester number in WS 2011/12, study program, date of birth, and module according to www.in.tum.de/en/for-students-of-the-tum/modules-and-study-courses/modulkatalog.html). 14 spots were assigned in the order of registration.


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 sucessfully participate in this seminar, the attendants have to prepare a talk, which should last 25-30 (proseminar) or 40-45 minutes (seminar). Talks can be held in German or English, with German being preferred. Supplementary, a short workout (approximately 4-6 pages) has to be prepared. During the preparation for the talks, independent investigation for further reading is desired. For general details, please see Seminar FAQ (PDF, not up-to-date).

News / Information

This seminar will be held as a block course on two days at the end of the winter term. We offer a total of 14 spots for undergraduate (Proseminar/Seminar) and graduate (Seminar) students.

An introduction (Slides) will be held on October 18, 2011 in room MI 02.13.010, 15:00-16:00. Topics will be assigned during the introductory meeting in the order of registration.

The presentation slides and workouts are available ( zip file).

Available Topics






26.01.2012, 12:40

01 The Animation Pipeline

Jakob Wimmer

 Marc Rautenhaus


26.01.2012, 13:15

02 Modeling

Ivan Bratoev

 Matthäus G. Chajdas


26.01.2012, 13:50

03 Rigging and Skinning

Felix Schmid

 Roland Fraedrich


26.01.2012, 14:40

04 Motion Capturing

Eva Maria Gibtner

 Marc Treib


26.01.2012, 15:15

05 Inverse Kinematics

Martin Erich Jobst

 Christian Dick


26.01.2012, 15:50

06 Rigid Body Motion

Florian Grötzner

 Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Westermann


26.01.2012, 16:40

07 Deformable Bodies

Amin Chawki

 Christian Dick


27.01.2012, 10:30

08 Lighting and Shading

Tim Wiese

 Marc Treib


27.01.2012, 11:20

09 Raytracing

Mathias Kanzler

 Matthäus G. Chajdas


27.01.2012, 12:45

10 Texturing

Johannes Eder

 Roland Fraedrich


27.01.2012, 13:20

11 Photon Mapping

An Lu

 Dr. Kai Bürger


27.01.2012, 13:55

12 Global Illumination Effects

Daniela Bayer

 Dr. Kai Bürger


27.01.2012, 14:45

13 Non-Photorealistic Rendering

Daniel Graf Hoyos

 Florian Reichl


27.01.2012, 15:20

14 Compositing and Post-Effects

Benedikt Peter

 Florian Reichl


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 proxy.informatik.tu-muenchen.de 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.


- In collaboration with partners from industry, we have a number of thesis topics available in the area of point-based rendering, geo-localization using public data, scene fusion from different viewpoints. If you are interested, please contact  westermann(at)tum.de


- Game Devel. Lab Practical for SS'18: kick off meeting on April 3rd,  details here. No matching system sign-up needed!


- One PhD position on   Turbulence Visualization is available at the Computer Graphics & Visualization group.