Great animation takes more than building the character with the highest pore-count or spending the most money on explosions. It takes science, artisanship, and rigorous attention to detail. Computer graphics researcher Paul Debevec ought to know—his work has been used to create movies like The Matrix and Avatar. We spoke to Debevec about his favorite motion picture innovations from the past year. Click through as we dive into the techniques used in eight great new movies.