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Stephen Rosenbaum
Sony Pictures Imageworks

Animation & Special Effects
Matte Painting in the Digital Age

Traditional matte paintings have been an important visual effects technique since the turn of the century. Computer graphics can now be used to generate whole 3D environments, giving film makers even greater flexibility to turn their vision into reality.

Craig Barron
Matte World Digital
24 Digital Drive, #6
Novato, California 94949 USA

Animation & Special Effects
Hard Rain: A Journey from Title to Story

At 4,997 frames in length, the opening sequence from "Hard Rain" shows how computer graphics can add possibilities to film and jettison you into a story, leaving you clueless as to where the real ends and the fake begins.

Brad Kuehn
Cinesite Digital Studios
1017 North Las Palmas Avenue
Los Angeles California 90038 USA

Animation & Special Effects
Computing Procedural Soundtracks from Animation Data

Principles of procedural animation are applied to generate soundtracks that are impractical or impossible to create by hand. This sketch demonstrated sound authoring of data-driven synchronous animation soundtracks in real time and non-real time.

Robin Bargar
Alex Betts
Insook Choi

National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois 61801 USA

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