The Story of Computer Graphics
Narrator

1999 July 07
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Director: Frank Foster
Producer: Steve Silas
Writer: Walt Bansford and Frank Foster
Narrator: Leonard Nimoy

 Cutting: Allan Spencer Wall
Music: Paul Hasslinger


“The Story of Computer Graphics" premiered Sunday, August 8th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and  was shown during SIGGRAPH 99 in Room 501 of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Computer Graphics began in 1951. The government used graphics on a radar screen to identify incoming aircraft into U.S. airspace for the first time. The evolution of technology from college campus labs and research centers to industry and the entertainment studios of Hollywood follows. This documentary features computer footage from the 1950s, some of which has never been seen publicly.

According to the film's director Frank Foster and line producer Steve Silas, "Leonard Nimoy is an icon who has become a household name in both television and feature films. We are privileged to have him as part of this feature documentary film which will be seen by his fans and audiences around the world who appreciate how motion picture technology has advanced over the years," they jointly said.

How to Purchase "The Story of Computer Graphics": SIGGRAPH Video Review, Issue 137, "The Story of Computer Graphics," is now available in NTSC VHS format for $US 60.00 each and PAL VHS format for $US 75.00 each, plus shipping and handling. Member Value Program discounted prices are available to purchasers who join ACM SIGGRAPH or renew their memberships: $US 45.00 each (NTSC VHS) or $US 56.00 each (PAL VHS).

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V(Los Angeles) - Actor Leonard Nimoy, who has gained worldwide recognition portraying the legendary character Mr. Spock in the science fiction juggernaut "Star Trek," will serve as narrator of the forthcoming new feature length documentary film "The Story of Computer Graphics."
 
"The Story of Computer Graphics" will premiere at the SIGGRAPH 99 conference on Sunday 8 August from 8:30-10 pm at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. SIGGRAPH 99 takes place 8 - 13 August at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
 
The film, shot entirely on state-of-the-art high-definition video, follows the 45-year evolution of digital technology showing automobile and aircraft design, weather patterns, flight simulations, and medical advances as well as the awe-inspiring computer-generated imagery seen in classic feature films such as "Jurassic Park," "Terminator II," "Toy Story," "Tron," and many others.
 
According to the film's director Frank Foster and line producer Steve Silas, "Leonard Nimoy is an icon who has become a household name in both television and feature films. We are privileged to have him as part of this feature documentary film which will be seen by his fans and audiences around the world who appreciate how motion picture technology has advanced over the years," they jointly said.
 
SIGGRAPH 99 officials have announced the 8 August screening of the film will be open FREE to the public after conference attendees are admitted. The Shrine Auditorium will have a capacity of 5,000 seats for this special screening. "We're in the entertainment capital of the world, and we are pleased to give everyone interested in computer animation and visual effects imagery an opportunity to see this film," Foster stated.
 
In addition to the 8 August screening, the film will also be shown during SIGGRAPH 99 in Room 501 of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Screening times are: 9-12 August at 9 am, 10:45 am, 12:30 pm, 2:15 pm and 4 pm; 13 August at 9 am, 10:45 am and 12:30 pm. A registration fee of $50 will allow attendees to see the documentary, enter the exhibition floor, attend special sessions, and more.
 
Along with his popular "Star Trek" films and TV series, Nimoy also has become a successful movie director, responsible for "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." Other directing credits include: "The Good Mother" with Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson; "Three Men and a Baby" starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg; "Funny About Love" with Gene Wilder; and "Holy Matrimony" with Patricia Arquette. Nimoy has narrated two IMAX films, the most recent being "Destiny in Space."
 
"The Story of Computer Graphics" began in 1951 when the government first used graphics on a radar screen to identify incoming aircraft into U.S. airspace. It follows the evolution of technology from college campus labs and research centers to industry and the entertainment studios of Hollywood. The documentary will feature computer footage from the 1950s, some of which has never been seen publicly.
 
Nearly 50 pioneers and industry leaders of computer graphics will be spotlighted and interviewed in the film. Among the featured personalities are "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, Bell Lab's Ken Knowlton, Pixar's Ed Catmull, ILM President Jim Morris, television computer graphics pioneer Robert Abel, scientific visualization researcher Jim Blinn and early film pioneer Richard Taylor.
 
"The Story of Computer Graphics" is a production of ACM SIGGRAPH, and co-executive producers are Carl Machover and John Hart. The line producer is Steve Silas of Silas Entertainment. Joan Collins Carrey is co-producer. The film's director Frank Foster is Senior Vice President at Sony Pictures Imageworks, whose film credits include "Jumanji," "Contact" and "Speed." The documentary was written by Judson Rosebush, a multimedia writer, producer and artist.
 

 
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