Mark Kimball at podium
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Publicity Department
While Ed Catmull made his mark with 3D animation, Mark Kimball, winner of the John Bonner medal, worked in nearly every aspect of animation during his decades of work at Disney. Originally a technician at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (Kimball designed parts of the Voyager and Viking probes), Kimball made his way over to Disney where he set up the famous CAPS system.
"CAPS was the entire computer animation productions system," said Kimball. "It sets up a methodology for doing digital animation, and that methodology was set up by working with the people who knew the traditional method for animation the best."
The CAPS system was used on every modern animated Disney movie, including Beauty and the Beast, the first major digital animated feature, and still the only animated movie ever nominated for Best Picture in the regular Academy Awards.
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