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

  • Mind Over  Matter
    Mind Over Matter

    Why would a filmmaker choose to create a superhero action movie with animation rather than live action? One out-of-this-world reason is to turn the genre on its ear.

    November 23, 2010

  • Inside Track
    Inside Track

    On the 13th floor of a building in the middle of Manhattan, an eye surgeon wearing a head tracker steps inside a three-dimensional image of a patient’s retina projected onto the walls of a virtual-rea ...

    October 18, 2010

  • Living the Animation Dream
    Living the Animation Dream

    Could anything top a career in which you are doing exactly what you dreamed about when you were a child? A career, say, that puts you inside a feature animation studio after growing up with such belov ...

    October 18, 2010

  • In Fine Feather
    In Fine Feather

    After all the fuss and feathers died down in the 2007 Oscar race, live-action director George Miller's Happy Feet, a CGI film about dancing penguins, won best feature animation. It was the first full- ...

    October 15, 2010

  • In Your Dreams
    In Your Dreams

    For Inception, Double Negative relied on computer graphics to help director Chris Nolan Insert dreamscapes into the characters' minds

    September 17, 2010

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