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Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), 1987 - present ➔ Balloon Guy

Moving Image

Identifer
ACCAD87-pres_0007
Creator
David Haumann; Chris Wedge
Date
1987
Notes
From C99.00884 "ACCAD Retrospective 1978-1994", 0:21:25, 660 K. The total length of "Balloon Guy": 1:40:00.

Historical Significance
Participant, SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival
Chris Wedge is an Oscar® winning film director, producer, and co-founder of Blue Sky Studios. He is the driving force behind the company’s high standard of visual storytelling and character animation. This, along with the studio’s commitment to research and development, has brought Blue Sky to prominence as one of the top computer animation studios in the world.Beginning his career as a stop-motion animator, Wedge later joined MAGI/SynthaVision, where he was one of the principal animators for the groundbreaking Disney movie TRON (1982). He directed the character animation sequences for the Warner Bros./Geffen Films Production JOE’S APARTMENT (1996), and served as Creative Supervisor on numerous feature films and commercials.Wedge wrote and directed Blue Sky’s first film, the touching short, BUNNY (1998), which won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film. It was first film to use radiosity, Blue Sky’s own advanced ambient lighting technology. In addition to winning the Academy Award, Bunny has won more than 25 international awards for animation excellence. Wedge went on to direct Blue Sky’s first two computer-generated animated feature films; ICE AGE (2002), nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film, and ROBOTS (2005). He was the Executive Producer of ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN (2006), DR. SEUSS’ HORTON HEARS A WHO (2008) and, most recently, ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN (2009) which grossed over 880 million dollars. He is currently directing THE LEGEND OF THE LEAFMEN.Chris is a 1981 graduate of the SUNY Purchase film department. He received his Master of Arts degree in Computer Graphics and Art Education from the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (formerly CGRG), under Ohio State University.
Related people
David Haumann
Chris Wedge