EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Dr. Ed Catmull

President, Pixar


Creativity and Technology




It takes approximately four years to make an animated feature, with most of that time being spent on up front creative development. Many aspects of this process are counter intuitive. However, the process is exciting and uses techniques that can be applied to other creative endeavors


Dr. Catmull is a co-founder of Pixar and has served as a member of the executive team of Pixar since the incorporation of the company. In 1979, Dr. Catmull brought his high-technology expertise to the film industry as vice president of the computer division of Lucasfilm, Ltd. During that time, Dr. Catmull managed four development efforts in the areas of computer graphics, video editing, video games and digital audio. He was also a key developer of RenderMan®, the program that creates realistic digital effects for computer graphics and animation. Dr. Catmull has been honored with three Scientific and Technical Engineering Awards from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work, including an Oscar® “for significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering as exemplified in Pixar’s RenderMan®.” He also won the Coons Award, which is the highest achievement in computer graphics, for his lifetime contributions. Dr. Catmull is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Science and Technical Awards Committee. Dr. Catmull earned his B.S. degrees in computer science and physics and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah.