Following up on yesterday’s coverage of the 20th annual international computer graphics competition segment of the Imagina.03 conference in Monte Carlo, we would like to mention that French-based animation house Sparx picked up the prize for Best Rendering with a clip form the upcoming CG feature Robota.
Conceived and designed by Doug Chaing, art department head and design director for Star Wars — Episode I The Phantom Menace and Star Wars — Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Robota involves action, adventure, love an betrayal in a world where exotic creatures and robots co-exist with humans. It first appeared as an illustrated book published by Calloway.
Chaing began his career as a stop-motion animator on the TV series Pee Wee’s Playhouse and went on to work for ILM as visual effects art director on films like Ghost, Back to the Future II, The Doors, Terminator 2, Jumanji and The Mask. He has earned both an Academy Award and a British Academy Award for Death Becomes Her and another British Academy Award for Forrest Gump.