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

  • Creative Robot
    Creative Robot

    Digital artists use a novel approach to create the lead CG character in Chappie: a robot that learns how to think and feel.

    April 9, 2015

  • Of Mice and Acumen
    Of Mice and Acumen

    While their roles in the live-action adaptation of Cinderella may be small, their presence on screen is magical. MPC creates computer-generated creatures that help Cinderella become the belle of the b ...

    April 9, 2015

  • Alien Re-Creation
    Alien Re-Creation

    Some people go through life living in a bubble, and in the newly released animated feature Home, that is certainly the case. Cute little aliens with good intentions land on Earth. They as well as the ...

    April 8, 2015

  • Fairy-tale endings
    Fairy-tale endings

    George Lucas and the artists at ILM dance to a different tune with Strange Magic, an animated musical love story inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream," featuring a range of enchanting characters and ...

    February 4, 2015

  • Fight to the finish
    Fight to the finish

    Weta digital implements new cg tools to create The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final film in the series

    February 3, 2015

  • Starlight Theater
    Starlight Theater

    Researchers and artists at Double Negative bend light waves and project them on-set to create in-camera backgrounds for Interstellar.

    December 10, 2014

  • Plotting a Caper
    Plotting a Caper

    The crew at PDI/DreamWorks took advantage of new techniques in layout to help design sequences for the animated feature Penguins of Madagascar.

    December 10, 2014

  • Science Project
    Science Project

    Artists and technicians at Disney Animation Studios push rendering state of the art to create an animated feature starring teenage whiz kids.

    December 10, 2014

  • Eye Candy
    Eye Candy

    Disney artists cook up a visual treat for the short animated film ‘Feast’.

    December 10, 2014

  • Boxed in No More
    Boxed in No More

    CG artists expand a stop-motion world for Laika’s The Boxtrolls.

    October 20, 2014

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