“Early Bloomer”

September 10, 2008

Short underwater animated film produced by Sony Pictures Imageworks and created and directed by Kevin Johnson. The film showed at SIGGRAPH in 2003, and with Finding Nemo, led to new developments in computer imaging of underwater environments.

The humor of this short comes from the fact that the tadpole grows legs under the water and thus becomes out of place with his tadpole friends.

“Realistic Underwater Visualization” by Matt Aranha

February 29, 2008

In this paper, given at CESCG in May 2005, Aranha describes the challenges of modeling underwater scenes and generating accurate computer graphics of underwater environments. Since water is approximately 800 times denser than air, light acts differently and new rendering approaches are needed. He describes a system built to help overcome these limitations and generate more accurate simulations (and particularly lighting) of underwater spaces.

M. Aranha, Realistic Underwater Visualisation. CESCG, May 2005.