Create your own world

Stories can be told wonderfully with traditional 2D animation, but what I like about computer animation is that you construct your characters and build the world that they live in and then you put them in motion. Some animation studios go so far as to sculpt their characters out of clay first and then transfer that characters shape into the computer where he or she is brought to life. 3D computer animation is more like claymation or stop motion than it is tradition animation.

Out of our Minds Studios

Out of Our Minds Studios


Out of Our Minds Animation Studios was established in Jan. 2000 as a 3D animation and special effects studio. Its six founding members were award-winning artists of all trades (designers, illustrators, painters, photographers, sculptors), fascinated by the revolution taking place in the animation industry. The company quickly saw many sleepless nights as it embarked on its first television projects. Within the second year, it had already produced several regional and a few nationally recognized fully computer generated commercials and provided the digital effects for the award-winning, “The Rough South of Larry Brown”, an independent feature about the career of the writer.

Our goal will be to carry on the storytelling legacy of the late great Walt Disney.

Who has all the answers?

After reading 4thof6’s post, I was compelled to comment.

I think anyone who says science has all the answers is wrong. The only heresy in science is to make a claim that cannot be tested. There are far more than thirteen questions that have scientists puzzled. The great thing about science is that they give awards for disproving established theories. Vera Rubin is quoted in the New Scientist as saying, “If I could have my pick, I would like to learn that Newton’s laws must be modified in order to correctly describe gravitational interactions at large distances.” Lots of incorrect theories and dearly held beliefs have been disproven and many more will go the way of the four humors and a flat earth. Mysteries will remain, but the important thing is to never stop asking questions.

Germ Freak

I wonder if they wash water pipes with anti-bacterial soap. How sterile is our tap water? Water pipes lay outside on the side of the road exposed to all the elements and wildlife before they are buried. Then the flush them with, as far as I know, just regular city water. The way the pipes and water system are kept “clean” is just by keeping the system flowing. Stagnant water provides a place for organisms to grow. The system is designed to avoid dead ends. If there is a dead end they put a valve or a fire hydrant at the end and it is “supposed” to be flushed out periodically.

From the 2003 Greensboro City water quality report:

“1,875 water samples were collected at various points in the distribution system to test for bacteria such as Total Coliform and E. Coli. No harmful bacteria were present in any sample.” Notice it said, “no harmful bacteria.” That does not eliminate the possibility that there were harmless bacteria in the water. There may be bacteria in your water. You scrub with anti-bacterial soap and then you rinse it off with water that may contain bacteria!

I think the fight against bacteria is wrong-headed. Every inch of your body is covered with bacteria. If you took a sterile swab and wiped it on any part of your body and then rubbed it on a bacteria culture and let the culture grow for a couple of days, you would see a nice fuzzy blob of bacteria. There is bacteria in your mouth, eyes, large intestine, etc. Small amounts of bacteria are normal. What we need to avoid are large concentrations of bacteria and known sources of harmful bacteria. Usually your nose will alert you to these hazards: spoiled food, feces, rot.

Early computer animation

I’ve been trying to find early examples of computer animation. So far the earliest movie that I’ve seen with computer animation is Futureworld (1976). It contains a brief shot of a primitive 3D model of a human head.
According to George D. DeMet , 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) contains no computer generated effects, but there is a shot where a video monitor shows what appears to be a rotating 3-dimensional model of an antenna. I suppose this could have been done using traditional 2D animation techniques.

Tron (1982) is another early movie using computer effects.

The Abyss (1989) has computer generated effects of water changing shapes.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) has the liquid metal guy.

Toy Story is the first feature length film done with 3D computer animation, but it is unusual because it, unlike these other films, will be remembered for its excellent, heartwarming story.