The Render Man
For just about 4 decades, the world of animation has blossomed from rudimentary shapes to slick visual masterpieces that can often be confused with real life scenarios. One of the people behind that movement was the president of Pixar and Disney Animation, Ed Catmull.
This last week, Ed Catmull shocked many by announcing that he would be retiring from the industry that he helped shpae but will stay on until mid-2019 as an advisor.
Catmull started off his career in 1979 Lucasfilm when Georg Lucas approached him to head a group of animators, visual artists, and video/audio editors. He went on to become vice-president of what became Industrial Light & Magic (the computer graphics division of LucasFilm).
In 1986, Steve Jobs purchased the digital division of LucasFilm and founded Pixar; Catmull then became the Chief Technical Officer. One of the most important things that Catmull created while at Pixar was the game-changing image synthesis software known as RenderMan. RenderMan has not only been used by Pixar to produce their blockbuster films from Toy Story to Coco, it has been used by studios around the world.
It’s no doubt that Catmull has left a lasting impression on the animation industry but his leaving marks a great point in Pixar’s legacy. In his book ‘Creativity, Inc.’, Catmull talks about how he wanted to create a culture that would supersede his tenure at Pixar. That seems to be exactly what is happening.
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Contemporary A Capella
Deke Sharon has been dubbed the “father of contemporary a capella”. His arrangements for films like Pitch Perfect and beyond have spawned a new love of a capella in the performance community.
In Decemeber 2017, Sharon announced that he would be creating a 7-member contemporary a capella group that would perform classic and contemporary Disney films. D Capella kicks off their first tour in January 2019. You can find a listing our their tour dates at this link:
If you want a sample of their music, check out their Disney Medley below.
D Capella’s debut album will be available on November 16, 2018.
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