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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Story Of Computer-Generated Movies

To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies

From CNET Magazine: "Toy Story," the first full-length computer-animated movie, turns 20 this month. Behind Woody and Buzz are a bunch of computer graphics geeks who, with help from Steve Jobs, changed movies forever.

Richard Nieva | November 12, 2015

Ed Catmull's office could be a window into the brain of Pixar.
Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, sits at a round wooden table at Pixar's whimsical headquarters in Emeryville, California. To his right, the walls are filled with items that inspire creativity. There's a plaster mold of his left hand: the star of the first computer-animated short he made in 1972 as a graduate student at the University of Utah. There are also toys galore, a collection of old watches, and trinkets that look like they were picked up at souvenir stands around the world.

Zoe Saldana as the blue alien princess Neytiri in the James Cameron epic Avatar.

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