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Ralph Baer - Father of Video Games
Written by Charles   
Friday, 09 December 2011 17:17

We receive interesting articles regarding animation from a newsletter sent out by The Entertainment Economy Institute which are in turn posted on the Forums. Here's one that is intriguing since it involves the history of video games and in particular, Ralph H. Baer who is credited with being the father of the technology. Mr. Baer created the precursor to the Odyssey way back in 1967. The "Brown Box," a unit with corded controllers that had a number of games built in, including a ping-pong game similar to the legendary "Pong" that University of Utah graduate and Atari president Nolan Bushnell created five years later.  The now 89-year-old television engineer invented the first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, in 1972 - five years before the Atari 2600 took the world by storm.

Here's a look at Ralph Baer playing video ping-pong on the Brown Box in 1969. Here's the link to the Forum topic.

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Draw 3D in Space with Sandde
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 09:20

At this year's CTN eXpo in Burbank a couple weeks ago, there was a demonstration of an incredible new software. The kind that automatically makes you ask yourself, where are things going to next?

Sandde is the world's first freehand steroscopic animation system, and it is amazing. Ever doodle in air to visualize an image? With Sandde, it goes without saying cuz that's how the software is utilized. Take a look at this video and you'll see what I'm talking about. Then head on over to their website to find out more.

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At Walt Disney's Grave on Birthday 110
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 05:44

And as I've done for the past few years, earlier today I made a pilgrimage to the grave of Walt Disney to pay my respects and show love on the occasion of his birthday. This is the place where his mortal remains are interred, along with his wife, his son-in-law and a marker for his daughter whose ashes were scattered. Walt's body was cremated at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California and placed here. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901, marking 110 years ago today. The light colored flowers in the picture below were placed there by yours truly. Follow this link to see more photos from my visit to Walt Disney's gravesite.

  

 

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'Chico & Rita' Best Animated Feature in Europe 2011
Written by Charles   
Monday, 05 December 2011 21:59

A big congrats to everyone involved with "Chico and Rita", especially to our friends at HoBSoft which provided the production system for the movie. The Spanish film directed by Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Toño Errando took home the prize for Best Animated Feature at the 24th European Film Awards in Berlin. It beat a number of exceptional nominees including A Cat in Paris, and The Rabbi’s Cat. Chico & Rita  is also one of the 18 films that have qualified for the Best Animated Features for the Oscar as well.

To celebrate, let's take a look at the trailer which was released last year.

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Stephen Silver's 'PoseBook' for iPad and iPhone
Written by Charles   
Saturday, 03 December 2011 16:19

A leading figure in our community in developing an independent aspect to their career, Stephen Silver is an outstanding character designer, teacher, motivator, author, publisher, and world renowned caricature artist. His latest publication is yet another masterful work. PoseBook is an excellent resource for anyone looking to improve their fundamental skills and advance artistically.

Stephen produced PoseBook by taking photos of costumed models and rotating them. It's full of excellent reference as well as specialty content. Posebook is iPad and iPhone ready. There's more info concerning Stephen's creations here. Mr. Silver describes his latest work in the video below.

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