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April 3, 2013

From Vertigo to Avatar: Tom Sito Covers the History of Computer Graphics

Hench-DADA Professor Presents History Book

Computer graphics are in the DNA of the cinematic arts. Tom Sito, Professor of Cinematic Practice for the John C. Hench Division of Digital Arts, has written the first book detailing the history of computer graphics as an art form and a workhorse for the entertainment industry. Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation is available on Amazon.com.

“There was a period of time in the late nineties when Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Toy Story and Beauty and the Beast came out,” said Sito. “Before that, it was ridiculous to think of using a computer for graphics. After that, it was ridiculous to think about doing a film without them.”

Originally a native of New York City, Tom Sito is a well-known veteran of the Hollywood Animation Industry. His 31 movie credits include the Walt Disney classic films The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Pocahontas (1995) and Fantasia (2000). Animation World Network called Tom "one of the key players in the Disney Animation Revival" (January 2001). He also created animation and storyboards for Dreamworks’ Shrek (2001), The Prince of Egypt (2001), Spirit (1997), Fox’s Garfield (2003) and Warner Bros.’ Osmosis Jones (2001), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) and the 3D Roadrunner shorts (2010).

To order a copy, please visit: Amazon.