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A Tale of Two Movies

Anonymous and Iron Sky take CGI in new and different directions

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A Tale of Two Movies


Images: Top, Sony Pictures; Bottom: Jussi Lehtiniemi(2)
GRAPHICALLY NOVEL: The new film Anonymous represents 16th-century London [top] with thousands of individual CGI layers. The low-budget Iron Sky's graphics [bottom left and right] were generated in part by its 68 000 Facebook fans.
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Once upon a time, not so long ago, only big-budget movies could afford photorealistic computer-generated imagery (CGI), and even then only for selected scenes. Then again, musicians used to record things called "albums" in music studios that were so expensive they were rented by the hour.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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