written by Melanie A. Farmer When Paul Debevec was a post-doc at UC Berkeley in the 1990s, achieving realistic digital human faces was considered a “holy grail” goal in the field of visual effects. This challenge became an area of computer graphics that Debevec and others would work in for the next two decades. Lucky […]
written by Melanie A. Farmer Pixar is synonymous with innovative computer animation, revolutionizing an industry that has brought moviegoers such hits as Toy Story, Cars and A Bug’s Life, films that have all received accolades for their breakthrough digital artistry just as much as their entertainment value. This awards season, Pixar cofounder Edwin Catmull and […]
The team of computer scientists responsible for bringing to life characters like Thanos and the Hulk on the big screen was honored this year with a Sci-Tech Academy Award for the conception, design and engineering of Medusa.