‘Jurassic Park’ Made a Dinosaur-sized Leap Forward in Computer-generated Animation on Screen, 25 Years Ago

Computer-generated dinosaurs walk the Earth. Source: Universal Pictures Studios Written by Adam Bargteil, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Republished with permission of The Conversation With 25 years of hindsight, “Jurassic Park” marks a pivotal point in the history of visual effects … Continued

Diversity in the Animation and VFX Community

Image: Panel discussion at SIGGRAPH 2017: The Academy’s Science and Technology Council Presents “Hidden Figures” in Collaboration with NASA. Photo by John Fujii by Jessica Sommerville The topic of diversity within the VFX and animation community is one that has gained … Continued

Award Winning Visual Effects

The Lego Movie image courtesy of Animal Logic by Melanie Farmer And, the Oscar Goes to…. Avid moviegoers may not know Mark Elendt by name, but chances are pretty high they’ve seen his movies. This year, Elendt and SideFX will take home … Continued

Exploring the VFX in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

photo by John Fujii © 2017 ACM SIGGRAPH Last summer, SIGGRAPH 2017 attendees were treated to a presentation as part of the Production Sessions program titled “The Making of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′”. What follows is … Continued

Regional Snapshot: Computer Graphics in Europe (Part II)

By Jessica Sommerville In part one of our regional snapshot of CG in Europe, we discussed the current production and work climate of the industry in this region. Enjoy the second part of our take on CG in Europe, where … Continued

SIGGRAPH Now: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

Image: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” courtesy Weta Digital VFX © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. SIGGRAPH Now is a new series of content from SIGGRAPH conferences. While nothing replaces the in-person experience, SIGGRAPH Now … Continued

Regional Snapshot: Computer Graphics in Europe (Part I)

Image courtesy Mackevision. © Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved.   By Jessica Sommerville In this regional snapshot, we explore the climate of the computer graphics (CG) industry within Europe. In part I of this exploration, we touch base … Continued

Regional Snapshot: Computer Graphics in South America

Image of Bear Story: courtesy of PunkRobot Animation Studio. By Jessica Sommerville In this fourth installment of our series of regional snapshots, we focus on the climate of the CG industry within South America. Cristián Freire, a Chilean independent animator and … Continued

Regional Snapshot: Computer Graphics in China

By Jessica Sommerville & Rick Xu For this Regional Snapshot post, we look into the trends and climate surrounding China’s computer graphics (CG) industry. We were fortunate to speak with a man known to many as “the father of the Chinese CG industry,” Raymond … Continued

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