William Reeves (animator)
Reeves in December 2011 at the Pixar campus
|Born||1959 (age 53–54)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Children||Julia, Oliver, & Ian Reeves|
1987 - Nominated: Animated Short Film
For the development of the Marionette Three-Dimensional Computer Animation System.
William "Bill" Reeves (born 1959) is a pioneer in the field of computer graphics. He was the technical director who worked with John Lasseter on the animation breakthrough shorts: Luxo Jr. and The Adventures of André and Wally B.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and completing a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, Reeves was hired by George Lucas as a member of Lucasfilm's Computer Division, Computer Graphics Group. He was one of the founding employees of Pixar when it was sold in 1986 to Steve Jobs. Some of the patents he developed for Pixar earned international reputation. Reeves is the inventor of the first Motion Blur algorithm and methods to simulate particle motion in CGI.
Lasseter and Reeves received the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film (Oscar) in 1988 for their work on the film Tin Toy. Their collaboration continued with Reeves acting as the Supervising Technical Director of the first feature length, computer-animated film: Toy Story.
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) (Computer Graphics Artist)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) (Computer Graphics)
- The Adventures of André and Wally B. (1984) (Forest Design And Rendering/Models)
- Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) (Computer Animation)
- Luxo Jr. (1986) (Producer/Modeling/Rendering)
- Red's Dream (1987) (Technical Director/Modeling And Animation Software)
- Tin Toy (1988) (Producer/Technical Director/Modeler/Additional Animator)
- Toy Story (1995) (Supervising Technical Director/Modeling/Animation System Development/Renderman Software Development)
- A Bug's Life (1998) (Supervising Technical Director)
- Finding Nemo (2003) (Lead Technical Development)
- Ratatouille (2007) (Global Technology Supervisor)
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