Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)


First polygonal CGI character on live background

Young Sherlock Holmes   1985
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1) The film is notable for including the first fully computer-generated photorealistic animated character, a knight composed of elements from a stained glass window. This effect was the first CG character to be scanned and painted directly onto film using a laser. The effect was created by Lucasfilm's John Lasseter (now chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios) before Pixar was sold the next year.

2) The "Pixar group" at Lucasfilm used new motion blur technology (first time used in Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and its 32-bit RGBA paint system to create the effect.

3) 30 second on-screen sequence took 6 months to accomplish.

4) Steven Spielberg studied the effects sequences on this film, as well as both The Abyss (1989) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), to prepare for making Jurassic Park (1993).