Barbara Robertson

I'm an author and journalist.

I've written two books and contributed to five. My articles about visual effects, animation, VR, computer graphics, dogs, and travel have won major awards. And, I've begun writing about gardening.

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Animation World Network

Worlds Apart: Artistic Effects, Invisible Effects, Spectacle & Fantasy at ...

Worlds Apart: Artistic Effects, Invisible Effects, ...

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Animation World Network

Lucasfilm CTO Cliff Plumer Talks Technology

Given the opening of the Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Franciscos Presidio, the new home of Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts, along with subsequent announcements such as HP becoming Lucasfilms preferred technology provider and ZBrush being added to the ILM pipeline, VFXWorld invited Barbara Robertson to dig...

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Animation World Network

Oscar Nominees Discuss 'Kong', 'Narnia' and 'War of the Worlds'

Barbara Robertson chats with visual effects supervisors from King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and War of the Worlds....

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Animation World Network

'Monster House' Sneak Peek: Q&A with Jay Redd

We talked with visual effects supervisor Jay Redd about the evolution of performance capture on Monster Hou...

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Animation World Network

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore Opens for Business

On Oct. 27, Lucasfilm officially opened the doors to Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. Created through a consortium that includes Lucasfilm, EDB Investments and Creative Technology Ltd., the 40,000 square-foot digital animation studio plans to create content for television and film projects. The first project will be a TV series titled Clone...

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Animation World Network

A Stitch in Time

Norman, the star of LAIKA’s animated feature ParaNorman, appears on screen wearing clothes typical for a kid his age: jeans, t-shirt, hoodie, and running shoes. And that’s the point. “People have to believe what a character says,” says Deborah Cook, LAIKA’s award-winning costume designer. “The costumes make the characters believable,...

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Animation World Network

Zviz: ILM Goes Interactive with Previs

With the prevalence of previs growing exponentially over the past few years, companies are trying to improve the process, giving directors more control over previs creation. Many have looked at Machinima as a possible solution. However, Industrial Light & Magic is taking that idea a bit further. Steve Sullivan, director...

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Animation World Network

Book Review: 'The Art of Madagascar 3'

The Art of Madagascar 3, by Barbara Robertson.  Foreword by Chris Rock.  Illustrated. San Rafael, CA, Insight Editions, May 2012, 156 pages, 978-1-60887-075-2, $40.00. This is the latest coffee-table “making of” art book to document a DreamWorks Animation CGI theatrical feature, to be released theatrically on June 8, about three...

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Animation World Network

Growing a Studio – Ken Ralston Talks VFX at Imageworks

Sony Pictures Imageworks “creative guru” Ken Ralston is on break right now after supervising the effects for Men in Black III, which followed Alice in Wonderland, for which he received his seventh Oscar and BAFTA nominatio...

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Animation World Network

I’ll Meet Oscar Nominees in San Francisco

written by Barbara Robertson...

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Animation World Network

VIEW 2009: Day 3: Kerlow, Entis, Guyett and Giacchino Highlight the Day

By Massimo Curatella Finally I understood I am not indestructible so I have to decide to focus myself on highlights and to give the essence of the moment. This is how I proceeded to write this Day 3 Report for VIEW Conference 2009, in Turin....

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Animation World Network

AWN Profiles

By Barbara Robertson | Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 11:17am. Growing a Studio – Ken Ralston Talks VFX at Imageworks. The five-time Oscar winning visual ......

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Animation World Network

Growing a Studio – Ken Ralston Talks VFX at Imageworks

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