“Managing the Creative Environment” by Catmull

  • ©Edwin (Ed) Catmull




    Managing the Creative Environment



    President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

    Managing the Creative Environment
    Since the late 1970s, Ed Catmull, a pioneer in the entertainment and film industry and co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, has played a major role in the invention of some of the most fundamental computer graphics practices used throughout the motion picture industry.

    Ed Catmull is one of the original architects of the RenderMan rendering software system, which has been used in 44 of the last 47 films nominated for an Academy Award in the Visual Effects category. He has founded three of the world’s most renowned computer graphics research centers, including the computer graphics laboratory at the New York Institute of Technology and the computer division of both Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Pixar Animation Studios.

    He has been honored with four Academy Awards, including a Technical Achievement Award from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, from whom he previously won two Scientific and Engineering Awards, and one Academy Award of Merit for his work. He also received the ACM SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award for his lifetime contributions in the computer graphics field.

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