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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
Authored Articles
Summer Movies: 'Jurassic World'
Published: July 3, 2015

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.  Jurassic World marks the fourth time audiences would see dinosaurs chase humans and fight on another screen under the  Jurassic moniker. 
Animation: Pixar's 'Inside Out'
Published: June 26, 2015

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. 
Animation: George Lucas' 'Strange Magic'
Published: February 13, 2015

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. The magic is in the telling.
VFX: 'Exodus'
Published: January 28, 2015

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 are plagues of locusts, frogs, and flies. Thousands of people. Crocodiles. Dramatic chariot races on the edges of cliffs. And, of course, the parting of the Red Sea. In the past, biblical epics relied on sets and thousands of extras. For this film, Scott relied on crews of thousands who created the cinematic illusions with computer graphics.
Animation: 'The Boxtrolls'
Published: October 8, 2014

With their third feature film, The Boxtrolls, Hillsboro, OR's Laika ( has quickstepped stop-frame animation into heady new worlds. Cheesebridge, the film’s location, is a Victorian-era town with quirky buildings, cobblestone streets, a town square, and a castle-like Guild Hall where snooty, rich, cheese-obsessed aristocrats and the Cheese Guild’s “White Hats” meet. 
Disney's 'Tangled'
Published: December 1, 2010

For Disney’s 50th feature animation, the Tangled crew created a CG version of a traditionally-animated film.
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