Along the River During the Quinming Festival

During my trip to China I got to visit the China Pavilion that was part of the World Expo 2010. Since then, the China Pavilion has been converted to the China Art Museum. At the top floor is the famous 3D animated version of Qīngmíng Shànghé Tú, Along the River During the Quinming Festival, that is 30 times the size of the original scroll with moving characters and objects and portraying the scene in 4 minute cycles of day to night. The display was impressive, projecting onto a wave like screen that stands 128 meters long and 6.5 meters high, with a simulated river below projected onto a thin mesh, and kept accurate by depicting all the figures, buildings, animals, and objects in the original painting. While exhibited well, I wish that the animation and rendering could have been done better, especially since this was a large object of national pride for China that was exhibited at the World Expo. None of the figures did a lot, most were just gesturing or walking but all the animation felt extremely stiff and there was a lot of twinning, both in poses and action. During the night scene there are two men eating noodles at a table and not only are their motions the exact same but it was directly copied over without any offsets so everything happens at the exact same time which looks extremely awkward. Both figures pick up their chopsticks at the same time, blow on their noodles at the same time, eat at the same time, and put down their chopsticks at the same time. Rendering-wise, I felt that the result looked too CG. It would have been nice if they were able to develop a visual style so that it looks closer to a sumi ink painting. [gallery link="file" ids="1346,1347,1348,1349,1350,1351,1352"]

Going down a couple of floors there is a small hallway that exhibits some other early 2D and papercut animation that was really fun to watch and are quite well done. [gallery columns="4" ids="1354,1355,1356,1357"]