Well, SIGGRAPH, the big computer-graphics convention in Boston has announced there will be a special showing of “The Dream Machine”, the documentary I produced about the Scanimates! Here’s the press release:
Its impossible to watch television without our senses being nearly overwhelmed by computer-generated motion graphics. Products and brand logos tumble and flash and grab our attention. But there was a time, not too long ago, when the thought of using a computer to make graphics move was revolutionary.
The story of some of these visionary inventors and artists has been documented in “The Dream Machine”, a 2-hour DVD produced by David Sieg. The film will be screened in a special showing at SIGGRAPH 2006, the Special Interest Group for Graphics convention July 30 through August 3 in Boston, MA.
Inventor Lee Harrison’s, Denver-based Computer Image Corp developed and built 8 Scanimate analog computers in the 1970’s. For nearly ten years, these machines produced most of the electronic animation seen on television.
Sieg worked for Image West, in Hollywood, where 2 Scanimates and a team of engineers and artists produced thousands of animated graphics for network TV shows, commercials, even a scene in the first Star Wars film. Today many of those people are leaders in cutting-edge special effects work at companies like Digital Domain and Industrial Light and Magic http://ukviagras.com/ed/kamagra-uk/.
“The Dream Machine” puts their stories together with some of the imagery they produced. From news opens, superbowl titles, to the signature look of “The Electric Company”, these artists and engineers talk about the challenges and triumphs they encountered as they brought to life what has become a multi-billion dollar industry.
“Technology moves so fast, we forget sometimes how things ever got started.” Sieg said. “To me, the real story is not the machines, but the people. I feel like I’ve helped put a human face to this amazing period of time, and perhaps helped tell a story that would have been lost otherwise.”
More information on the Scanimate computers and “The Dream Machine” can be found at http://scanimate.net .