Canadian computer companies take lead in special effects
By Sarah King
Canadian companies are playing a big part in the development of computer graphics, says David Plant.
His company, Silicon Graphics, has created special effects for movies such as Titanic, Clear and Present Danger, Lost in Space and Anastasia.
For example, in the movie Titanic, the sky doesn't exist, the water doesn't exist, the sun doesn't exist and many of the extras don't exist. They are all computer-generated graphics. But to our untrained eyes, those things appear real.
Other Canadian companies in the field are ToonBoom, Discreet
Logic, SoftImage (Montreal) and Alias Wavefront and Side effects
(Toronto). But Plant works with people all over the world. In
the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Brazil, Spain, Italy,
France, Austria, Germany, India, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia,
many companies are working with computer animation and graphics.
Canadians have made headlines over the years with their many accomplishments in the field of computer generated graphics. Here are some of their accomplishments:
1963 - First 3D models
As you can see, without Canadians, computer graphics wouldn't be what they are today.