Chapter 14: CG in the Movies

14.4 Miscellaneous

The July 2002 issue of Computer Graphics World featured Part 7 of their retrospective series, devoted to coverage of CG in the movies, written by Barbara Robertson. A copy of this feature is included on their web site at

The first Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences award for science and engineering or technical achievement was given in 1984 to John Whitney Jr. and Gary Demos of Digital Productions. After a lull in these awards, they began recognizing the contributions of the CG industry again in 1991, and since then many of the individuals and companies that have contributed to the motion picture industry have received their just recognitions.

Gary Demos, right, winner of the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar statuette, is pictured here with actress Rachel McAdams, host of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards Ceremony on February 18, 2006, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

Issac Kerlow has a timeline of animation and visual effects in his book The Art of 3D Computer Animation Effects. A digital capture can be found at Google book’s site

AMC Filmsite has a listing of visual effects in the movies at

A list of the Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects can be found at

Note: The reference for the table below is unknown at this time.