Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has been playing a role in films for over 30 years. It began merely as the ability to draw lines on TV screens but has evolved into nothing short of the power to create worlds.
Beginning with 1981′s “Looker
,” in which a naked image of Susan Dey
was generated on a computer, and continuing on through “Avatar
” (2009) in which a blue, naked, CGI lady flies around on a dragon, determined computer nerds FX pioneers have tirelessly pushed the boundaries of this technology.
With the much anticipated “Tron: Legacy
” landing in theaters, we thought it would be a good time to look back on the history of the digital revolution that the original “Tron
” helped launch.
” put CGI in the public eye. In 1976, after encountering the old, old, old-school video game “Pong,” director/animator Steven Lisberger
became obsessed with incorporating CGI into films. The graphics