Think of the larger-than-life dinosaurs in “Jurassic Park” and the creepy aliens in “Men in Black. “ It’s nearly impossible to imagine these industry-changing movies without Dr. Mark Hannah’s transforming contribution: 3D graphics for film.
A Stanford University graduate and computer scientist, Hannah changed the movie-going experience with his software that generated special effects to revolutionize three-dimensional display. After Hannah co-founded Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) in 1982, the company went on to create eye-catching effects for “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast,” plus 3D elements for major motion pictures, such as “Terminator 2” and “Jurassic Park.”
Even more, filmmakers have been influenced by his captivating technology for some of the biggest films to date: “Toy Story,” “The Matrix,” “Lord of the Rings,” the “Stars Wars” prequels, “Titanic,” and “Avatar”, the biggest box-office hit of all time. Besides film, today his 3D-technology helps create many television commercials for major brands and was even used for the opening introduction of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”