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- August 9, 2001
of Pixar to be Honored
"The New York Institute of Technology recognizes leaders who broaden the potential of art and technology through innovation, curiosity and learning," said Dr. Edward Guiliano, president and CEO of New York Institute of Technology. "Dr. Catmull's numerous contributions in these areas, which span more than a decade, have been widely recognized by his colleagues. We hope that this medal communicates how honored we are that he is part of the proud history of computer graphics at our institution."
The medal will be presented to Catmull at a champagne reception held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel on August 12 in coordination with the SIGGRAPH 2001 trade show in Los Angeles.
"I am honored that New York Institute of Technology has decided to recognize my work in an environment that boasts so many gifted minds," said Catmull. "NYIT created much of the foundation work for the field of computer animation, and I thank them for bestowing me with this special award."
Dr. Catmull is also
a co-founder of Pixar.
Use of Houdini
Houdini has been used
in several projects at Disney, including Fantasia 2000, Tarzan,
and visual effects in Gone in 60 Seconds. Houdini will be fully
integrated into the Disney production pipeline to assist artists and animators
in the production of visual effects for Disney and Disney's Secret Lab.
Betty Boop's New
A core group of six
DMA animators under the direction of Tony Caio and Bryan Cox completed
the Betty Boop project for King Features in less than six months. Two
The new Betty Boop game starts off with images of Betty in her dressing room, asking players to help her pick her next movie role. She points to three posters on the wall that illustrate her choices Circus Extravaganza, Daredevil Betty or Game Show Sweetheart.
After the player makes
a selection, Betty is transported to the movie set. In the daredevil sequence,
for example, Betty is loaded into a cannon as her pal Bimbo begins his
duties as master of ceremonies. Betty nervously reminds Koko the Clown
not to use too much gunpowder. Koko lights the fuse and the crowd watches
as Betty sails through the sky, flying over her intended target.
We worked very closely with King Features to make sure Betty looked beautiful, says Caio. King Features Syndicate has very high standards for its licensed properties. Animo allowed us to portray Betty in her traditional look and style, which is very important on a project of this scope.
DMA is using Cambridge Animation Systems Animo software to create the high-end graphics and animation.
The new casino slot
games will be unveiled in Vegas later this year.
News Link of the
Day - Cartoon Network Slashes Up Another Winner with `Samurai Jack'
According to the Kansas City Star:
"I'm not what you'd call a cartoon devotee. Oh, I get giggly over Scooby Doo, have a crush on Bugs Bunny and want to be one of the Powerpuff Girls. There are several preschool shows that put animation to admirable use, and there's no show to touch SpongeBob SquarePants.
But much serious cartoon
work leaves me as cold as all those anime heroines with their absent eyes.
Frankly, I just don't get it..."
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