Robert Abel and Associates
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Robert Abel and Associates (RA&A) was an American pioneering production company specializing in television commercials made with computer graphics. Robert Abel's company, RA&A was especially known for their art direction and won many Clio Awards.
Abel and his team created some of the most advanced and impressive computer-animated works of their time, including full ray-traced renders and fluid character animation at a time when such things were largely unknown. A variety of high-profile television advertisements, graphics sequences for motion pictures (including The Andromeda Strain and Tron), and work on laserdisc video games such as Cube Quest, put Abel and his team on the map in the early 1980s.
Many people who worked at RA&A went on to other ground-breaking projects, including the founding of Wavefront Technologies, Rhythm and Hues Studios and other studios. Many RA&A people went on to win Academy Awards.
RA&A closed in 1987 following an ill-fated merger with now-defunct Omnibus Computer Graphics, Inc., a company which had been based in Toronto.
- Robert Abel and Associates on IMDbPro (subscription required)
- The Bob Abel Project
- Rob Abel info at OSU
- A demo reel of work from 1982
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