In 1914, Winsor McCay created Gertie
the dinosaur, the first character created for the purpose of animation.
Following a meteoric rise to fame, Gertie was forgotten to all but the
most astute historians in the art of animation. Eighty-eight years
later, with the aid of scores of cpu cycles, countless hours of rendering,
and the addition of four dazzling technical pieces; the indomitable Gertie
returns. This new feature, the work of four students in CS 838 is
sure to delight and entertain the most hard-hearted of critics.
Gertie has starred in two previous
movies, Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) and Gertie
on Tour (1921).
Links for Gertie, Interrupted
The final movie followed the storyboard
Production required 15GB of space to
store uncompressed frames, sounds, and other production files.
Over 12,000 frames were rendered to
produce the final 5000 frames of animation.
Rendering of the final frames required
approximately 600 hours of computer time.
Due to production difficulties, the
house crushing scene was rendered more than six times. Difficulties
included: machine reboots, unauthorized logouts, machine crashes, and inadequate
memory, as well as occasional human error.
The music in Gertie's final dance scene
lined up the first time we inserted it into the video.
The sound of the angry mech is actually
the sound of the swamp monster.
All Gertie dancing scenes and the throwing
of the mech are adapted from the original movies.
In the house crushing scene, the partially visible
picture on the wall is actually from an
original promotional poster.