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  • Founded by Judson Rosebush and Jeff Kleiser (Kleiser was Animation Director and President), along with Don Leitch, David Cox, Moses Weitzman, Jann Printz and Bob Hoffman (who was later at Omnibus and RGA). Digital Effects was one of four companies to create CG for the film TRON. They producing the opening title sequence where pieces of TRON fly in over a bright light source to form his body, and also did all the scenes involving the flying cuboid character "Bit" who could say yes or no.

  • Our original setup was a 1200 baud modem connection to an Amdahl V6 running APL in Bethesda Maryland using a Tekronix dispay to preview wireframe (polygons refreshed at one per second, that's one polygon per second!). The perspective data was written onto 9 track tape and mounted on an IBM 370/158 to do scan conversion. Another tape was written as hi con images onto 9 track and shipped to LA for film recording on a Stromberg Carlson 4020 film recorder. ...

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    Our original setup was a 1200 baud modem connection to an Amdahl V6 running APL in Bethesda Maryland using a Tekronix dispay to preview wireframe (polygons refreshed at one per second, that's one polygon per second!). The perspective data was written onto 9 track tape and mounted on an IBM 370/158 to do scan conversion. Another tape was written as hi con images onto 9 track and shipped to LA for film recording on a Stromberg Carlson 4020 film recorder. Processed film was sent to NYC where I deinterlaced it onto hicon film and made a print to separate out the colors and have matte rolls that I could mount on an optical printer to do multiple passes with color filters onto color negative, which was then processed and printed at Technicolor downstairs. Total time to see a color image: 1 week tops.