About the author

Barbara Robertson

Contributing Editor

Barbara has been writing about computer graphics, computer animation, and visual effects for more than 15 years. She has moderated panels on visual effects and animation for Imagina, SIGGRAPH and others, and has served on the jury for Prix Ars Electronic and other competitions. A former senior editor at Computer Graphics World, she is the recipient of numerous awards including the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award and the Society of Technical Communications’ Award of Excellence in international competition.

Author Articles

  • A Fish Tale
    A Fish Tale

    Disney•Pixar was no fish out of water when creating Finding Dory, the sequel to its 2003 hit Finding Nemo. Using updated technology, the crew created new settings and new acquaintances for the fish.

    June 21, 2016

  • Virtual Verite: 'The Jungle Book'
    Virtual Verite: 'The Jungle Book'

    Using techniques honed on two of the most innovative feature films, Gravity and Avatar, filmmakers create a complex CG world for a human boy raised by wolves in India

    May 13, 2016

  • Sci-Fi Magic
    Sci-Fi Magic

    Artists at ILM create award-winning effects for the seventh box-office hit in the Star Wars franchise.

    February 17, 2016

  • A Family Affair
    A Family Affair

    A practiced crew at DreamWorks Animation pushes CG boundaries to create the third Kung Fu Panda film

    February 17, 2016

  • Exquisite Danger
    Exquisite Danger

    The film begins with rain falling on Aspen leaves, dripping from pine needles, and splashing on rocks. We see a farmhouse planted in a meadow. Clawtooth Mountains hover in the distance. It’s a beautif ...

    January 19, 2016

  • Simply Audacious
    Simply Audacious

    Blue Sky Studios’ artists transform Charles Schulz’s Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and their friends into CG characters.

    November 18, 2015

  • Shrink-Wrap
    Shrink-Wrap

    ILM artists scale down a superhero in Ant-man ’s finale.

    September 1, 2015

  • Animal Farm
    Animal Farm

    The crew at industrial light & magic populate a cinematic theme park with charismatic and dangerous CG dinosaurs

    August 31, 2015

  • A Frame  of Mind
    A Frame of Mind

    Pixar’s latest CG feature makes hidden emotions visible

    June 16, 2015

  • Building a Future
    Building a Future

    Artists at ILM help Director Brad Bird create Tomorrowland

    June 15, 2015

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