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 Snail's Race
    A Snail's Race

    CG animators at DreamWorks put a speedy snail on the track at the Indy 500.

    July 31, 2013

  • Space Time
    Space Time

    The Star Trek franchise gets another lift from Industrial Light & Magic, Pixomondo, and other visual effects studios.

    June 11, 2013

  • Stark Realities
    Stark Realities

    Seventeen visual effects studios created iron suits, explosions, glowing bad guys, digital doubles, CG environments, destruction, chaotic battles, and more for Iron Man 3

    June 11, 2013

  • Epic!

    Blue Sky Studios pulls out all the stops to create a rousing animated film set in a fantasy landscape that looks real enough to be someone’s backyard, if that someone were very tiny

    June 11, 2013

  • Crood Awakening
    Crood Awakening

    The latest animated feature film from DreamWorks Animation sends a naïve but energetic family on a survival quest during prehistoric times

    April 3, 2013

  • Wizardry in the Land of Oz
    Wizardry in the Land of Oz

    Visual effects artists create a fantastic landscape and two digital actors for Oz the Great and Powerful

    April 2, 2013

  • Growing a Giant Fantasy
    Growing a Giant Fantasy

    Artist at Digital Domain and The Moving Picture Company develop new technology and techniques to create the giants and the beanstalk in the film Jack the Giant Slayer.

    April 2, 2013

  • Of Gollum and Wargs and Goblins, Oh My!
    Of Gollum and Wargs and Goblins, Oh My!

    Artist at Weta digital create hundreds of CG characters and creatures to populate Middle-earth for director Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.'

    February 21, 2013

  • Shaping Middle-earth
    Shaping Middle-earth

    Teams of artists at Weta Digital re-create Director Peter Jackson’s vision of Tolkien’s Middle-earth for the first film in a new trilogy.

    February 20, 2013

  • Still Waters Run Deep
    Still Waters Run Deep

    Consider the premise: a film that focuses most of its screen time on one shipwrecked teenager contemplating god while trapped on the open ocean in a 27-foot lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. A remarkable ...

    January 8, 2013

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