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Check out this large site devoted to the acquisition and exchange of information and opinion on the theory, design, implementation, and application of computer-generated graphics. Here you'll find a great place to search for jobs, internships and schools—a wealth of information.

Animation Express
Check out this collection of some of the coolest computer animation clips you'll find online. The site also includes online tutorials lessons.

Introduction to Computer Animation
Read a chapter of "Introduction to Computer Animation" by Rick Parent—a great introduction to the field. Includes links to computer graphic activity centers and companies.

The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen
Check out this page devoted to Ray Harryhausen, one of the great stop-motion animators whose credits include the skeleton battles in "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad " and "Jason and the Argonauts."

FX Weekly
Read up on special effects news and information, updated weekly.

Visual Effects Resource Center
Browse through this comprehensive bulletin board of information targeted to those entering as well as those currently working in the special effects industry.

Star Wars
Check out the official Web site of the Star Wars films. Read up on the latest news about the upcoming prequels.

Check out this collection of optical illusions.

Finch, Christopher, "Special Effects: Creating Movie Magic." NY: Abbeville Press, 1984
This book takes a look at special effects from the beginning of cinema up until 1984.

Smith, Tom, "Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Special Effects." NY: Ballantine Books, 1986.
This is the first of a two-volume history of the groundbreaking special effects created by Industrial Light and Magic, the effects company founded by George Lucas.

Vaz, Mark Cotta, "Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm." NY: Ballantine Books, 1996
This is the second of two volumes of ILM's history, which chronicles the advent of the digital era in effects.

Gregory, Richard, "Eye and Brain. " Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990.
Here you will find an authoritative, lively introduction to visual perception.

This is the definitive magazine of the special effects industry, published quarterly. It includes lengthy, well-illustrated articles documenting the making of current films.

There are many schools with excellent computer graphics/animation departments. Here are just a few:
Sheridan College
Schools of Communication Design
1430 Trafalgar Rd.
Oakville, Ontario
Undergrad. Admissions: (905) 845-9430
Animation: (905) 845-9430 ext. 2579

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
Undergrad. Admissions: (805) 255-1050
Dept. of Film & Video: (805) 253-7825
Character Animation: (805) 253-7818

Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903

ACCAD - The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design
The Ohio State University
1224 Kinnear Road
Columbus, Ohio 43212-1154 USA

Ringling School of Design
2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
1-800-255-7695 or 941-351-5100

Here are a few places to check for an internship or job in special effects and computer animation:

Digital Domain

Industrial Light and Magic

Kleiser Walczak Construction Co.



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Kelly Tyler, Producer

Special Thanks to
Rebecca Herrera, Twentith Century Fox
Bob Hoffman, Digital Domain
Ellen Pasternack, Industrial Light & Magic
John Lasseter, Pixar
David Libby, Pixar
Geoff Burdick, Lightstorm Entertainment
Steve Sellars/Canal Plus Distribution
Marc Wannamaker, Bison Archives
Amiel Najjar, Graphic Films
MIT Lincolm Laboratory, Lexington, Massachusetts
Linwood & Alice Dunn

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