New York Institute of Technology Computer Graphics Lab

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The Computer Graphics Lab was a computer lab located at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) back in the late 1970s and 1980s, founded by Dr. Alexander Schure. It was originally located at the "pink building" on the NYIT campus.

The lab was initially founded to produce a short high-quality feature film with the project name of The Works. The feature, which was never completed, was a 90-minute feature that was to be the first entirely computer-generated CGI movie. Production mainly focused around DEC PDP and VAX machines.

Many of the original CGL team now forms the elite of the CG and computer world with members going on to Silicon Graphics, Microsoft, Cisco, NVIDIA and others, including Pixar President Ed Catmull, Pixar co-founder and Microsoft Graphics Fellow Alvy Ray Smith, Pixar co-founder Ralph Guggenheim, Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Scientist Lance Williams, DreamWorks Animator Hank Grebe, Netscape and Silicon Graphics founder Jim Clark (James H. Clark), Microsoft Graphics Fellow Jim Blinn, Thad Beier, Oscar- and Bafta nominee Jacques Stroweis, Andrew Glassner and Tom Brigham. Systems programmer Bruce Perens went on to co-found the Open Source initiative.[1][2]

Researchers at the New York Institute of Technology Computer Graphics Lab created the tools that made entirely 3D CGI films possible.[3][4] Among NYIT CG Lab's innovations was an eight-bit paint system to ease computer animation.[5] NYIT CG Lab was regarded as the top computer animation research and development group in the world during the late 70s and early 80s.[6][7][8]

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