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“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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Tangled

December 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · American cinema, Cinematography, Computer animation, Feature films, Stereoscopic films

Despite the unexpected critical admiration Byron Howard and Nathan Greno’s Tangled seems to have gained, I was somewhat neutral in approaching the film. In the end, though, I found much to admire in it, especially its use of lighting. The film, which is inspired by the Brothers Grimm version of Rapunzel, is not without its […]

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Oh Motion Capture, What Art Thou?

March 9th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Computer animation, Motion capture, Rotoscoping

These are wonderful times for animation bloggers, what with all the controversy raging about whether or not motion capture/performance capture is or is not animation. I have long said that it is, but would like to amplify my feelings a bit on the matter. The cause for this is a recent posting from the ever […]

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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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Avatar

December 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments · Animation and live action, Computer animation, Motion capture, Stereoscopic films

‘ Well, the wait is over and, whether one likes it or not, Avatar looks like the game changer that James Cameron, Jeffrey Katzenberg and other promoters of 3D movies said it would be, quieting critics who said the technology would never really work in live action. It also looks like it will be the […]

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Monkey See, Monkey Do — Animation Department

October 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Computer animation

The BBC reports: Scientists from Emory University in Atlanta, US, have discovered that an animation of a yawning chimp will stimulate real chimps to yawn. They describe in the Royal Society journal, Proceedings B, how this could assist in the future study of empathy. The work could also help unravel if and how computer games […]

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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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