Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, November 15, 2006
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

25 Years at PDI

Richard Chuang
About the talk:

Take a personal journey through a quarter century of changes in the computer animation industry with Richard Chuang, co-founder of PDI. Get a glimpse of the evolution of a Silicon Valley startup in the early 80’s through becoming part of a Hollywood studio that produced the most successful animated film ever, Shrek 2. Richard will guide you through the challenges that span many cycles of changes in the entertainment industry as well as the changes in technology.


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About the speaker:

A co-founder of PDI over 25 years ago, Richard Chuang helped create the studio’s powerful proprietary animation system, which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized with a Technical Achievement Award in 1997. PDI/DreamWorks proprietary animation system has been used on countless commercials, live-action features and throughout PDI/DreamWorks’ feature films, ANTZ, the Academy Award-winning SHREK, and SHREK 2 for which Chuang served as head of special projects.

Known for his hands-on creative approach, Chuang’s expertise is in computer animation and visual effects for both animated and live action films. He served as Visual Effects Supervisor on several DreamWorks film including EVOLUTION, LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE and FORCES OF NATURE.

Richard also led the team that created digital superheroes in the Warner Bros. blockbuster BATMAN AND ROBIN. These digital heroes were a follow-up to his earlier pioneering digital character work in BATMAN FOREVER. He has 16 live action film credits in the visual effects area.

Richard helped plan and guide the CG production for FATHER OF THE PRIDE, DreamWorks first all computer animated primetime TV show, created for NBC. Currently, he is part of the executive group responsible in planning and forecasting future projects.

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