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Barbara Robertson

Barbara Robertson is an award-winning writer and a contributing editor for Computer Graphics World, a sister publication to Post Magazine

Author Articles

  • Animation: <I>Loving Vincent</I>
    Animation: Loving Vincent

    The title of the film Loving Vincent, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature, comes from the words “Your loving Vincent,” which painter Vincent van Gogh typically used as ...

    February 9, 2018

  • Animation: <I>Coco</I>
    Animation: Coco

    Once again, the skilled artists working at Pixar Animation Studios have exercised their expertise in computer graphics, animation, and storytelling to raise the art of CGI filmmaking with a colorful, ...

    December 18, 2017

  • VFX: <I>Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales</I>
    VFX: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    You just can’t keep a good pirate down, at least not if it’s Jack Sparrow, or, for that matter, any number of undead pirate hunters. For Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Disney’s fift ...

    June 16, 2017

  • <i>Trolls</i>

    There are nearly as many legends about the origins of why and when Thomas Dam created the first troll doll as there are fairy tales, but let’s go with this one: In 1959, a poor Danish fisherman and wo ...

    November 8, 2016

  • Animation: <i>Finding Dory</i>
    Animation: Finding Dory

    In Disney/Pixar’s 2003 animated feature, the popular Finding Nemo, a forgetful blue tang fish named Dory helped reunite the clownfish Marlin with his son Nemo. Now, upbeat, perky Dory has her own movi ...

    June 20, 2016

  • Summer Movies: 'Jurassic World'
    Summer Movies: 'Jurassic World'

    At the Jurassic World theme park, the main attraction — the dinosaurs — became, well, too common and failed to elicit the excitement they once did. The Jurassic World filmmakers had the same challenge ...

    July 3, 2015

  • Animation: Pixar's 'Inside Out'
    Animation: Pixar's 'Inside Out'

    Many a parent has surely looked at a tween and wondered what was going on in that child’s head. But few can spin that thought into an animated feature film. Pixar’s Pete Docter did just that. 

    June 26, 2015

  • Animation: George Lucas' 'Strange Magic'
    Animation: George Lucas' 'Strange Magic'

    The title of the feature film says it all. Strange Magic, based on an idea by George Lucas of Star Wars fame, is an animated, madcap musical/love story aimed at tween girls, an unexpected combination. ...

    February 13, 2015

  • VFX: 'Exodus'
    VFX: 'Exodus'

    The critics have not been kind to Ridley Scott’s film Exodus, but none deny the visual effects. Once Moses leads the Jews away from Egypt and out of slavery, the spectacle begins in full force. There ...

    January 28, 2015

  • Animation: 'The Boxtrolls'
    Animation: 'The Boxtrolls'

    With their third feature film, The Boxtrolls, Hillsboro, OR's Laika (www.laika.com) has quickstepped stop-frame animation into heady new worlds. Cheesebridge, the film’s location, is a Victorian-era t ...

    October 8, 2014

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