Lecture (Level 3) – The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life

by Danielle Feinberg, Pixar’s director of photography, who creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code.

First preview the vocabulary below.  Then do the exercise by first reading a single question and then listening for the answer.  When you hear the answer, pause the video and answer the question.  Then read the next question and do the same thing.  If you get the answer wrong, then go back to where the answer is given and listen again.

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coding:  writing code to make computer programs
junior year:  3rd year
transfixed:  unable to look away
execute:  make from start to finish
characters:  people, animals, etc. in a story
fascinated:  really interested
comes to life:  looks real
stand out:  be able to be seen from other things (idiom)
incredible:  unbelievable
untethered:  with no limits
chaos:  disorder
jarring:  seen as very unreal
combat:  fight
backbone:  major part
footage:  short film
critical element:  a part that is absolutely necessary
mimics:  copies
current:  movement of water
particulate:  pieces of floating things
ribbons:  long shapes
not beholding to it:  don’t have to keep using it
immerse themselves in:  enter and feel that it’s real
binoculars:  eyes (on WALL-E)
dialogue:  speaking
eureka moment:  the time when you find the solution
floundering:  working but not getting a good result
tether:  connection
strangling:  killing, making it seem unreal
dug in:  worked really hard without stopping (idiom)
doomed:  ready to die
interweaving:  combining