Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
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Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
A simple story of making friends that hits you right in the feels.
A Pixar SparkShort directed by Rosana Sullivan.
In a world of robots where the mobility of energy is power, two tethered locomotive robots become friends and decide it is time to risk everything to be free.
A Pixar SparkShort by Brian Larsen.
This award winning animation is beautifully done and adds an ominous atmosphere to a tensely macabre tale.
Released in 2009, Dreamworks was quick to begin production on a full-length feature based on this short and, as of June 2012, things are moving right along on it.
Training at a new job can be terribly stressful – and rough on the hardware…
The following are two incredibly important computer animations; the first 3D rendered animation from 1972, and the first fractal generated animation from ca 1979.
In 1972 Ed Catmull (founder of Pixar) and his colleagues created the world’s first 3D rendered movie, an animated version of Ed’s left hand. This is the film that they produced. It includes some “making of” footage (around 1:30) and some other early experiments. Read more at nerdplusart.com/?p=1106.
The first fractal animation. Vol Libre
I made this film in 1979-80 to accompany a SIGGRAPH paper on how to synthesize fractal geometry with a computer. It is the world’s first fractal movie. It utilizes 8-10 different fractal generating algorithms. I used an antialiased version of this software to create the fractal planet in the Genesis Sequence of Star Trek 2, the Wrath of Khan. These frames were computed on a VAX-11/780 at about 20-40 minutes each