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The Technical Director who worked with John Lasseter on the animation breakthrough shorts: Luxo Jr and The Adventures of André and Wally B., he was a pioneer in the field of computer graphics. After obtaining a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and completing a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, he was hired by George Lucas as a member of the LucasFilms Industrial Light and Magic, Computer Graphics Group. He was one of the founding employees of Pixar when it was sold in 1986 to Steve Jobs. Some of the patents he developed for Pixar earned international reputation. He is the inventor of the first Motion Blur algorithm and methods to simulate particle motion in CGI. He and Lasseter received the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film (Oscar) in 1988 for their work on the film Tin Toy. He acted as the Supervising Technical Director of the first feature length, computer-animated film: Toy Story as their collaboration continued. Other films he worked on are: Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982) (Computer Graphics Artist); Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) (Computer Graphics); The Adventures of André and Wally B. (1984) (Forest Design And Rendering/Models); Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) (Computer Animation); Luxo Jr. (1986) (Producer/Modeling/Rendering); Red's Dream (1987) (Technical Director/Modeling And Animation Software); Tin Toy (1988) (Producer/Technical Director/Modeler/Additional Animator); Toy Story (1995) (Supervising Technical Director/Modeling/Animation System Development/Renderman Software Development); A Bug's Life (1998) (Supervising Technical Director); Finding Nemo (2003) (Lead Technical Development); and Ratatouille (2007) (Global Technology Supervisor).
Noted For:A pioneer and inventor of the first Motion Blur algorithm and methods to simulate particle motion in the field of computer graphics; also one of the founding employees of Pixar
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