[Wired In raw #31: Richard Taylor #1]

Raw footage for "Wired In," a never completed series on the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. In this video, Richard Taylor of Information International Inc. talks about the recent technological innovations in the computer graphics and gaming industry. Richard Taylor #1.

00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with color bars.

00:59Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Taylor. He first begins to talk about his experience in working with computer simulation equipment. He states that computer simulation equipment is a relatively new production tool in the entertainment industry.

02:47Copy video clip URL Taylor talks about his job as a Special Effects Designer. He goes on to define the term computer simulation and states that it is an intricate process and explains it in detail. This lasts for several minutes.

06:08Copy video clip URL Taylor talks about the integration of computer technology into the entertainment industry. He gives of brief history of the technology’s progression into the world of filmmaking. Taylor also comments on Information International Inc. and their involvement in the making of the movie Tron.

08:06Copy video clip URL Taylor talks about the possibility of computer simulation replacing actual actors in feature films. He talks about the difficulty in creating the human face through computer simulation. “I don’t think that we’re trying to replace human beings with computers. What we’re trying to do with computer simulation are do the things that are virtually impossible to do in, with some other technology.” Taylor goes on to say that the “best special effect is an actor.” He then lays out some of the more basic things that computer imaging can do that set it apart from other processes. Taylor states that there are no physical limits of an object in a computer simulation and compares it to the limiting functions of traditional miniature photography.

12:30Copy video clip URL Taylor talks about the communicative elements of computer simulation. He goes on to talk about the evolution of computer simulation. This lasts for several minutes.

15:58Copy video clip URL Taylor talks about ‘Adam Powers.’ Powers is a computer simulated human figure that Taylor and his associates created over a year ago. Taylor explains that he created Powers to show people the potential of computer simulation. He also expresses his interest in marketing Powers. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.

19:34Copy video clip URL Tape ends.


1 Comment

  1. GCU Gray Area says:

    Wow, he did NOT know how to explain what things in lay terms. Nor did they know what questions to ask, especially to cue him toward lay answers.

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