Computer Ballet (1965)

Computer Ballet (1965)


First human figure computer animation


Silent, black and white film



1) Michael Noll (from Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc.) created computer-generated stereographic 3D movie- a ballet of stick figures moving on a stage.

2) The stereographic projection is a particular mapping (function) that projects a sphere onto a plane. The projection is defined on the entire sphere, except at one point: the projection point. Where it is defined, the mapping is smooth and bijective. It is conformal, meaning that it preserves angles at which curves meet. It is neither isometric nor area-preserving: that is, it preserves neither distances nor the areas of figures.

3) Part of this film can also be called "oldest CGI behind the scenes of the film".