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Computer Science as a tool for merging the worlds of reality and make believe

Computer Science as a tool for merging the worlds of reality and make believe
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Key Info
  • Computer Science as a tool for merging the worlds of reality and make believe
  • Duration: 05:21
  • Interviews with DNEG professionals, combined with video clips from films they have worked on, help to focus on how programmers utilise the hardware and programming capabilities of computers to model the world around us for visual effects in films. An explanation is also provided of the process programmers take in breaking down observations of the real world into the rules of nature e.g. physics and chemistry, and then how they use this understanding to programme these rules to develop accurate simulations; as well as paying careful consideration to the balance needed between stylised creativity and nature. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in July 2012 as part of the programme Megabits.
  • Subject:

    ICT and Computing

       Topic:

    Modelling and Simulation

  • Keywords: Abstraction, animations, design, simulation, modelling, user requirements, algorithms, testing, Component Reuse, debugging, rules, reasoning, skills, creativity, programming, Megabits
Ideas for use in class
  • When introducing students to what is abstraction, it also provides an excellent tool for discussion on why abstraction is as important as the technical aspects of computing.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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