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Pixar offers 1st look at 2nd film to come out of its experimental short film program

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Jun 29, 2018, 11:44 AM EDT

Pixar has provided a glimpse of what fans can expect from the latest film born from the studio’s experimental short film program. David Lally, production lead and short film producer at Pixar, gave folks a first look at the second film from Pixar's new experimental story program: Kristen Lester’s “Purl,” which, according to the image, appears to center around a (very cute) sentient ball of yarn.

“Here’s a first look at Kristen Lester’s ‘PURL’ the second film from Pixar's new experimental story program!” tweets Lally. “How much yarn does it take to yarn-bomb the Luxo Ball? Find out! The team will be sharing more at @siggraph in August! #pixar #animation #SIGGRAPH2018”

Lally promises more details on the program – and the films to come out of it – at this year’s SIGGRAPH, the annual conference on computer graphics, in August. 

Pixar Animation Studios announced in 2016 that it had launched an internal experimental storytelling initiative whereby participating filmmakers would be granted total creative freedom to develop a story, design a world, and produce a short film without any executive supervision, all within six months. 

The first film to be part of this program was “Smash and Grab,” a seven-minute short by Brian Larsen that uses comic book sketches, virtual production, motion capture, and procedural shading and lighting techniques to tell its story.