Making Moana & the Tourism Impact in 2017

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Disney has always led the way when it comes to animation, so it’s no surprise that it produced groundbreaking work with Moana. Moana, the animated Disney film that opened in theaters Thanksgiving weekend 2016, tells the story of a young girl living in the South Pacific islands who longs for a life of adventure.

Much of the movie centers around water, an element that is notoriously difficult to produce realistically in animation. That is because water has an infinite number of strands and each one has its own mass that affects the way the others behave. To add to the challenge of the film’s water animation sequences, water itself is a character in the movie Moana. This required 80 percent effect shots in the movie.

The main character and a demigod named Maui spend a lot of time together in a boat on the ocean. The animation team created a mathematical algorithm that animates an entire ocean surface. To achieve this, they programmed the software program to render an arrangement of rolling swells and lapping waves that movie-goers can see up close as well as at a distance. The intricate animation of this movie also required creating an algorithm to define the physics of a moving boat and moods for the ocean, among other things.

Accuracy Important to the Producers of Moana

Because most animated movies take place in a fictional world, the producers don’t normally concern themselves with location authenticity or period accuracy. That was not the case with Moana as both concerns were priorities for the producers and directors. In fact, several crew members and two directors visited the islands of the South Pacific several times to study the people and culture. Although the islands in the movie aren’t reflective of real places, they are based on real times and areas. The crew did replicate boats, houses, costumes, and tattoos for the imaginary island of Motunui.

Movie Having a Positive Impact on the Tourism Industry

The 15-year-old actress who voices the Moana character in the movie, Aulii Cravalho from the Hawaiian island of Oahu, feels that it upholds Native Hawaiian culture. This is despite the fact the film takes place in Polynesia on a fictional island. She appreciates that the producers of Moana completed five years of research on the South Pacific islands before releasing the movie.

Thanks to Disney’s latest animation masterpiece and a partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, tourism to the American island has peaked. This is also true for visits to Bora Bora, Fiji, Moorea, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti, and Tetiaroa. The film’s producers struck a deal with Hawaiian Airlines for three of the airline’s Airbus A330 jets to advertise Moana on both international and domestic flights. It may be an animated film aimed at children, but Moana has produced real-world results by opening people’s eyes to the opportunity to visit a real island paradise in their own country.

3 Cities You Cannot Miss On a Trip to Australia

If you are heading to Australia this year then you will probably already have figured out that making an itinerary isn’t the easiest thing in the World. This is not because it is tough to find things to do, on the contrary, it is because there is simply so much damn stuff to do in this incredible country. Having visited Oz on more than one occasion I can honestly say that my favorite part of visiting the country is hitting its many cities, renting a car from Budget and driving through the cities, down the coast and to another one. Depending on which coast you are visiting this year, here are my favorite cities in Oz that I think you simply have to factor in to your vacation.

Sydney

King of the pile, Sydney is not only Australia’s most famous city with iconic landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, both set in that incredible harbour. Sydney also offers tourists beautiful beaches, bouncing nightlife and a real California-style feel to it with trendy streets, great food and a real tapestry of different cultures making up the social landscape.

Melbourne

Melbourne is regularly voted by magazines around the World as the most lively and ‘happening’ of all the Australian cities and it is difficult to disagree with them, Melbourne is easily the food capital of Australia, here you will find fine dining, street food and plenty of bustling markets selling almost every type of fresh food under the sun. The sport scene is alive in Melbourne with regular cricket, Aussie Rules, rugby and soccer games going on and the sports stadiums double up as music venues of an evening attracting some of the biggest entertainment acts on the planet. Sydney is a perfect for the outdoorsy types but if you prefer to roam around bars, restaurants, museums and entertainment venues then cool-melbourne is for you.

Perth

Perth is one of Australia’s most isolated cities, it sits on the west coast and is over 1,000 miles away from its nearest city. This isolation is doubtless what gives the city its laid back attitude and the locals here mimic the same mood. Here in Perth you will find beautiful parks, fresh and relaxing beaches that contrast starkly with the bustling tourist beaches of Sydney as well as beautiful landscapes across the water as the Swan River meets the sea. Perth appeals much more to nature lovers and there is plenty to do in the great outdoors here from walking tours to camping out under the stars.

These are just my favorite cities and if you are looking for cities where you can spend a great bit of time inside them and exploring them, then these are my recommendations. If you are looking as a city as a jumping off point for something else then other considerations should be places like Cairns and Hobart or even Canberra which is a massively underrated city. Wherever you choose in Australia, you can guarantee that you will have an awesome time down under.

8 Reasons To Visit French Polynesia

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French Polynesia, a collection of over a hundred beautiful, luscious and paradise-like islands strewn across a region of the Pacific Ocean is everyone’s dream for the ideal holiday away. While some of the islands in the area conjure up images of hotels featuring four figure room bills or dinners beach side with three figure costs, it remains nonetheless a region of dreams and heavenly thoughts and actually is accessible for those of us who don’t have bottomless wallets! Read ahead for 8 reasons why you need to visit French Polynesia!

The Diving

French Polynesia, hands down has some of the world’s best diving opportunities. They almost seem endless and can actually include things like swimming with sharks, turtles and more. If diving isn’t your thing, snorkelling is just as popular with some of Earth’s most beautiful and colourful coral gardens. Do not miss these, regardless of how you prefer to see them.

The Islands

The Islands of French Polynesia include Marquesas and Tahiti – two well known islands that attract the rich and famous from far and wide for holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday grind. Both are paradisical, allowing true relaxation either on their snow white sands or in one of their many lusciously appointed spas. Other islands in the chain are equally huge draws for those looking for sandy, sunny solitude, so pick the best for your holiday!

The Hotels

Hands down, the hotels throughout the region can vary in style, size, price and luxury. Some of the most luxurious and luscious hotels include bungalows set over the water, so you can listen to the surf gently under you at night. Other hotels can be set amid jungles, just metres away from the beach, and many are between 3 and 5 stars with spas on site to unwind after a day of pure bliss.

The Prestige

The prestige alone is worth coming to French Polynesia. Imagine telling your friends that you went to Tahiti for your holiday. That’s some true prestige right there, given Tahiti’s reputation for being a playground for A list actors to musicians and everyone in between.

The Shops

Shopping in French Polynesia can be one of the best experiences. Here you can pick up some of the luscious jewellery made from local pearls and other minerals for a fraction of the cost they would be elsewhere. What better way to show off your recent trip – or your love for someone – than bringing them back some Tahitian pearls?

The Wildlife

The wildlife in the area is second to none, with some of its own unique species of birds and fish being found only in this region. This makes French Polynesia a wildlife lover’s dream come true. Birdwatching in the morning is a common past time here when their morning song wakes you gently to the terraces of your luxurious hotel.

The Adventure

French Polynesia, being made up of hundreds of islands is perfect for those who are interested in getting out and exploring either by plane or boat. A various number of activities are available from wild life safaris, diving trips, snorkelling day trips and more to take advantage of everything the area has to offer. It’s non stop activity – or at least, the option to have non stop activity.

The Weather

Finally, the weather is one of the main reasons to come to French Polynesia! With glistening seas, great surf, turquoise waters, light breezes and almost endless sun, what could be better? For island lovers and sun worshippers, French Polynesia is the ultimate in perfect getaways. Come see for yourself!

So there you have eight great reasons why you need to come check out the region of French Polynesia. This isn’t your typical getaway either, and with most travellers opting for the more tourist tracks, French Polynesia still has its adventurous and lesser known regions just waiting to be found! Pack your bags – these islands won’t visit themselves!