Academy Award winner, Jerry Tessendorf presents...
The Whoosh Moment
Wed. Oct. 5th at 7:00pm
Research Hall, Room 163
Complex and massive computations are performed every day in the effort
to make movies that audiences want to see. The quality of computer
graphics are so good that many times they cannot be detected even by the
expert practitioners. Other times the visual effects are obvious to
anyone. Yet the focus of this technology is to achieve an artistic
vision in storytelling. In this talk we look at the details of computer
graphics and art that the experts create every day, using some examples
from big (and not so big) feature films. We see what was done
practically on set, what was done with the magic of computer graphics,
and how people come to learn these techniques and join the small group
of practitioners. When finished, you will never again be able to watch
movies the way you did before.
Jerry Tessendorf is a Professor of Visual Computing, and Director of the
Digital Production Arts program at Clemson University. His research is
in fluid dynamics, radiative transfer, and production workflow for
feature films. He has developed new movie production techniques and
software for 15 years at Rhythm & Hues and Cinesite Digital Studios, and
received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement. He has a Ph.D. in
physics from Brown University.