October 09, 2011

The first digital 3D-rendered film, c1972

Check out this groundbreaking work from Ed Catmull (later of Pixar fame) and the story behind it:


Posted by John Nack at 10:45 PM on October 09, 2011


  • J. Peterson — 3:02 AM on October 10, 2011

    Funny back story if you read the paper they published along with the movie: Apparently the hand model was made from a plaster cast of Ed’s hand. He found out the hard way that it’s a good idea to shave the hair off first, otherwise the plaster cast does it for you…

  • oop — 3:38 AM on October 10, 2011

    well it´s not the first…. but americans have not much knowledge about history so….

    [Please do enlighten me, smug oracle. –J.]

  • Eirik — 10:57 AM on October 10, 2011

    I genuinely think that the first face looks more lifelike than many computer games today based on the shading. In so many films and games the skin looks like plastic, but add some more polygons to this one and its really good.

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