Casual Friday — a 3D rendered film, from 1972!

A little bit of computer graphic history for you today. Back in 1972 when computers were expensive and software pretty new, a couple of guys at the University of Utah made a short film based on a 3D rendering of one of their hands. The two guys were Ed Catmull (later to co-found Pixar) and Fred Parke (later a professor), and the film they created directly led to today’s much more sophisticated animation. Check it out (direct link):

Want some more of the back story? Robby Ingrebretsen talks about the film’s history over on his blog (his late father did the titles for the film).

H/T: Mental Floss

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