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Odysseys in Technology
A Human Story of Computer Animation

Sun Microsystems Laboratories

Brad Bird, Writer/Director, The Incredibles, Pixar Animation Studios, Ed Catmull, Co-Founder and President, Pixar Animation Studios, Alvy Ray Smith, Co-Founder of four centers of computer graphics excellence (Altamira, Pixar, Lucasfilm, New York Tech) and a Microsoft Fellow, Andrew Stanton, Writer/ Director, Finding Nemo, Pixar Animation Studios , and Michael Rubin, Moderator, Author of Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution

Monday, May 16, 2005

Member Reception - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lecture - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043

Due to the popularity of this event, registration is now closed. Seating capacity for the auditorium has been reached. No formal overflow area will be provided. Those who attempt to register at the door will be admitted on a first come first served basis, if seating becomes available.

Free. Suggested donation of 10.00 at the door from non-members.
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Call (650) 810-1898 for information.

It took 20 years of dreaming, planning and ingenuity to create Toy Story, the world’s first computer animated full-length feature film, in 1995. It represented a significant departure from the long-established methods of animation, where artists would hand draw characters frame by frame, and painstakingly incorporate movement and color to complete a feature film. Today, thanks to advances in computing power and ingenious software, there is little separation between the refining of an idea and its execution on screen (save for thousands of hours of rendering!).

On May 16, four self-described geeks—each with a passion to make animated movies—share how they discovered computer animation, and what obstacles they had to overcome in the process. They will present the entertaining and inspiring tale of how they went from an idea, to a script to the drawing board, to mathematics, to the computer lab…and ultimately to their Oscar acceptance speeches. Come hear their personal experiences with early computers—which had been developed for code breaking and complex computations—and how they were transformed to allow development of some of the most memorable images in pop culture today. This rare union of friends—pioneering artists and scientists—represents a momentous evening in animation history. The movies and innovations of these award-winning pioneers sit at the intersection of technology and art.

Odysseys in Technology, The Computer History Museum Speaker Series Sponsored by Sun Microsystems Laboratories, presents people and perspectives behind extraordinary innovations and advancements in the computer technology-related world. Each event in the Series provides stimulating interaction with authentic experts whose achievements have transformed how things are done or viewed, and to examine how their personal stories might inform the present and future. These programs occasionally feature technologies or point events, with the objective to apply lessons of history to present day understanding and inspiration.

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