I have been listening to the book, Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios (along with John Lasseter and Steve Jobs). Since his university days, Ed had a dream to produce the world’s first animated movie using computer graphics. Here is a captivating story about his career and how he with others achieved that feat, creating the very first computer-animated movie ever in 1995. Ever heard of Toy Story? Or Buzz Lightyear’s “To infinity and beyond!”?
I think computer animation is a most fascinating field of creativity. Any young person who can allow himself or herself to drawn into this world will find a rich, rewarding experience intellectually, and financially. Like all valuable things, it comes at a cost, nothing compared to the satisfaction of seeing stuff you produce come alive on a screen somewhere–or everywhere–in the world.
For some inspiration, check out turtletaido.com, home of a children’s animation series I like so much. The theme song turtle taido, turtle taido, turtle taido, turtle taido is one of the favourite songs at the moment. I love the children’s voices chanting those two words.
For an educational excursion into the world of Pixar animation, check out the online Pixar in a Box course at Khan Academy. The course includes lessons in color science, virtual cameras, effects, character modeling, and rendering. I encourage you to try it out. Also, you will be impressed by this real life animation studio in Lagos, Nigeria. They call it the Orange VFX Studios. They create, and help others create.
P.S. Pixar Theory? I stumbled on this site explaining how every movie Pixar has made fit together.