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Pixar releases OpenSubdiv Library to the Public

Pixar has just released a new library into the wild called “OpenSubdiv”, a high-performance subdivision surface library made popular initially with projects like Geri’s Game. OpenSubdiv is a set of open source libraries that implement high performance subdivision surface (subdiv) evaluation on massively parallel CPU and GPU architectures. This codepath is optimized for drawing deforming […]

Poach-gate Scandal: VFX Idol Steve Jobs Involved

VFX Soldier has a great piece on some of the recent discoveries in the ongoing Apple/Pixar/Lucasfilm investigation from the Justice Department.  The allegation is that these three studios (and maybe more) had an illegal agreement to not poach each other’s employees in an attempt to drive wages down.  Not only is this illegal, but it’s […]

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Steve Jobs and the Gift of Pixar

With the sudden passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs, the internet has been awash with stories of his great ideas and the many amazing products he brought to life at Apple during his tenure.  What has been largely overlooked is his similar guidance of a little computer graphics company named Pixar, brought from a dying […]
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Rendering of Ed Catmull’s Hand from 1972

Robby Ingebretsen of NerdPlusArt has a great video of what may be the first ever 3D graphics, a manually-digitized rendering of Ed Catmull’s Hand done back in 1972. The film fell into my hands because Ed and my dad were good friends and office mates at the University of Utah in the 1970s where they […]

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Two Untitled Pixar Movies Announced

Disney’s D23 expo is underway, and a few little tidbits of upcoming Pixar releases is making the way through the internet.  We already know of upcoming “Brave” and the Monsters, Inc prequel “Monsters University”, but now there are two new films on the horizon with surpsisingly short timelines: While not much is known yet about […]
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Pixar’s RenderMan for Maya 5.0

Pixar’s got some nice news this week for SIGGRAPH, the release of RenderMan for Maya 5.0 coming up this fall.  It’s got lots of the new features from RenderMan Pro Server 16 and a few new ones as well. RenderMan for Maya 5.0 showcases fundamental advancements in RenderMan’s ray tracing technology, including a new ray […]

Trailer for Pixar’s new Brave

While Cars 2 is getting mediocre reviews in theaters, Pixar is showing off their next big production “Brave” with a new trailer. The film is set in the Highlands of Scotland and the trailer opens up with some stunning flybys of the mountains and lochs, before showing us some more moody, ground-level, shots, all accompanied […]
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First Casualty of Disney-Pixar is “Planes”

A new trailer from “DisneyToon” studios, not to be confused with Pixar, seems to be a Cars spinoff called “Planes”.  Via a short film, probably accompanying next weekend’s “Cars 2″, the scene is set for this direct-to-DVD release. Apparently Pixar has made a new short linking Cars 2 to Planes, but that seems to be their only […]

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Future Pixar Short “La Luna” Revealed

Looks like we get a little sneak peak of Pixar’s newest short “La Luna”, to be premiered at the upcoming Annecy International Animation Festival this June. “La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa […]
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Pixar’s ‘Brave’: First Look art

Pixar has some initial concept art out for their next feature film ‘Brave’, their 13th picture.  It’s a bit of a departure from their previous kid-focused films, moving more into the fantasy arena. Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) […]