Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Technology and Artworks evolving together since 1995

Ever since the release of the first computer generated animation feature film “Toy Story “ in 1995 created by Pixar, the technology and artworks has been involving for the last two decades creating new dimensions in movie making and introducing a whole new level of virtual reality to the entire world.

The first animated film, which used hand drawings, “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” created by cartoonist J. Stuart Blacktonin 1906. Since then, the technique used by the animators to create motion pictures has evolved continuously. And also with the introduction of computers, with higher computing power specialized in image processing, has supported the animators and special effects designers tremendously to create high quality animation works and 3D images.

Inventions and improvements in computer science is evolving at a very fast rate  to meet with the increasing demand for the increased processing powers in computers since the rendering of Computer generated animations requires high end processing and huge data storage.

According to Dwarf Labs, animation and visual effects studio, the company's latest short film, Lune et le Loup, consists of 4 minutes of animation having 7,500 frames and each frame is 150-200 MB.
The animation feature film "How to Train Your Dragon 2", which was released in 2014, created by DreamWorks grossed over $618 million worldwide required around 10,000 simultaneous computing cores, 75 million computing hours, to render all the images and required 250 TB of active disk space to store the film.

The evolution of 4K and 8K projection technologies has triggered new developments in the technologies like motion capture cameras and sensors, high motion cameras (IMAX camera). Also the demand for virtual reality technology has increased.

According to reports, James Cameron, the most acclaimed film director, would be using underwater motion capture technology and top notch graphics which mesmerize the audience with new level of virtual reality.

On other hand Virtual reality firm, IM360 is teaming up with Comic-Con for creating a virtual reality content for “The Walking Dead’s Walker Staker” fan event. IM360 will have its 360-degree VR cameras on hand which will have live streaming to VR headsets.

The digital artwork industry is continuously emerging with the improvements and developments in the computing technologies. Following are some of the best animated feature films during 1995 to 2015 (from the world renowned animation studios like Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks): 
WALL·E (2008), Mary and Max (2009), Ratatouille (2007), Finding Nemo (2003), Paprika (2006), Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Monsters, Inc. (2001), A Bug's Life (1998), The Princess and the Frog (2009), Ice Age (2002), Frozen (2013), Spirited Away (2001), Up (2009), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Tangled (2010), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), Rango (2011).


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