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Overview (2)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)

Mini Bio (1)

One of the genuine visionaries of Digital Computer Graphics and Visual Effects. From the early 1970s through the mid-80s, the Hollywood-based studio Robert Abel & Associates (RA&A) pushed the leading -- sometimes bleeding -- edge of visual effects. Working primarily in television advertising, (the only consistent market for such work at the time) RA&A created 33 Clio Award-winning commercials, including the dazzling 7Up "Uncola" spots and the influential CG "Sexy Robot." This body of work, as noted by New York's Museum of Modern Art, "changed television forever." Abel was primed for this path since his undergraduate studies at UCLA, where his mentor was the "father" of computer graphics, John Whitney Sr.. Working with an analog computer strapped to a camera, Abel happened accidentally upon a look that evolved into the 'slit scan' effect used in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). His friend Con Pederson, who pursued the technique in that film's famous 'stargate' sequence, would eventually become Abel's first partner. By the time the pair set up shop in 1971, Abel had become an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, with credits as varied as Making of the President 1968 (1969) and Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971). The first visual effects job which the fledgling studio produced was the now-famous Whirlpool "streak" logo, which opened the door to assignments in TV graphics, commercials and films. Abel and Pederson were joined early on by Richard Taylor, and the list of accomplished effects experts who worked at RA&A would grow over the years to include -- among many -- Richard Edlund, Richard E. Hollander, Robert Legato, Mark Stetson and John Hughes.

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Trivia (1)

He won 33 Clio awards, the advertising industry's version of the Oscar. One of his most notable spots featured a man in jeans walking the Levi's label portrayed as a dog.

Personal Quotes (1)

The film craftsmen and storytellers who will be successful in the future are also those who recognize that the methodology by which we tell stories -- and deliver them to people -- has changed. We've never before had the power to tell our stories at such an affordable price, on robust computers that cost just $10,000-to-$12,000. But the ultimate question is: 'What story are we going to tell with it?'

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