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Entries Tagged as 'Animation technology'

“A Computer Animated Hand” Added to National Film Registry

January 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Animation technology, Computer animation, Film history and criticism

40 Year Old 3D Computer Graphics (1972) from Robby Ingebretsen on Vimeo. Recently, Ed Catmull and Fred Parke’s computer animated version of Catmull’s left hand done at the University of Utah was added to the National Film Registry. (For some reason, Parke is not given any credit in the Registry’s announcement.) (The film embedded above, […]

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Are New Oscar Rules for Mocap a Power Grab?

July 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation technology, Awards, Feature films, Motion capture

I’m writing this from Edinburgh, Scotland, where my wife and I have been enjoying a really wonderful Society for Animation Studies conference. A full report will follow when I get back home, but I can’t help responding to the Motion Picture Academy’s new rules for defining what is animation (see press release here), which states […]

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Deneroff’s Law … of Filmmaking and Everything Else

June 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Animation and live action, Animation technology, Special effects, Technology

After seeing How to Train Your Dragon and The Secret of Kells back to back, I noticed that both films finished with rather elaborate and visually complex climaxes. Such sequences have become commonplace in animated films these days, and can be seen in movies ranging from Astro Boy to  Shrek Forever After, a trend that […]

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Spielberg on Mocap

February 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation technology, Computer animation, Film technology, Filmmakers

In a follow-up to a front page story in the Los Angeles Times entitled “’Avatar’ stirs an animated actors debate in Hollywood,” the paper’s Rachel Abramowitz posted this interview with Steven Spielberg on his use of motion capture in his The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which utilizes the same technology James […]

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa & Bolt

December 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Animation technology, Computer animation, Feature films, Stereoscopic films

I am a little late in reporting my thoughts on Madagascar: Escape to Africa, the new DreamWorks Animation movie directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, and Bolt, the new stereo 3D film directed by Byron Howard and Chris Williams. Madagascar 2, which continues the screwball capers of the original, seems much the better of […]

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Motion Capture Marches On

June 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · Animation technology

New Scientist reports, “digital motion capture could soon be within reach of low-budget film makers thanks to new software that records movement without using markers.” The system, developed at Stanford University, in California, and the Max-Planck Institute Informatik in Saarbrücken, Germany, allows for what they say is a “3D digital clone” of the actor using […]

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