1993 ERIC THE FISH

By now the writing was on the wall for the Cubicomp system. To create the title character in this series of “New Zealand On Air” commercials, I directed the efforts of multiple vendors.

Animator Euan Frizzell brought the performance to life in 2D and directed the team at Electric Pencil as they used the Symbolics system to recreate it with blendshape animation. Fiona Webb combined everything in Quantel Harry.

That was challenge enough (and level of computer animators at the time) so I also had the software I’d created years before to provide automatic follow-through and ‘goop’-like behaviour rewritten as a plug-in by LISP guru Mark Schafer to take care of the tail and fin animation for us.

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