Friday, February 27, 2009

A Leader in 3D Animation Wins Academy Award

Ed Catmull (right) won the 2008 Gordon E. Sawyer Award (an Academy Award), which is the highest award given at the SciTech Oscars. This is an award honoring an entire career.

Catmull worked on the inception of 3-D animation and become the first Chief Technical Officer at Pixar, one of the top animation studios in the world. Dr. Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. Previously, he was vice president of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., where he managed four development efforts in the areas of computer graphics, video editing, video games and digital audio.

Steve Jobs founded Pixar, and John Lasseter is one of the creative forces behind Pixar's success. Catmull directed the technology that made animated films like Toy Story and Finding Nemo possible. Other Pixar animated films include The Incredibles, WALL-E, Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life, Cars, Ratatouille and Up.

Click on the heading above to go to Pixar's site to learn how they make their films and what it takes to get a job there.

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