020 > RAL Lecture
Above: Tony Pritchett and 'The Chilton Atlas' (console). The 'Atlas Laboratory' was situated at Harwell A.E.R.E. (which is now home to The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory). Photo by Nigel Kellaway.

020 > RAL Lecture

Professor David Duce, Dr Victoria Marshall and myself gave a lecture on how (we think!) Tony Pritchett made Britain's first piece of computer animation, The Flexipede. The talk was based…

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019 > Some Light Relief
A book from TP’s archives. I’m not sure when or why he owned the book. Perhaps it was a nice break from speaking Fortran.

019 > Some Light Relief

FORTRAN stands for: Flipping Heck,This Is Difficult To Learn. Tony used Fortran V to program The Flexipede. Drawing and animating using Fortran is not an easy task, especially for someone…

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018 > Comedy & Science
“It became clear that with the computer techniques currently available, the tedious and time consuming film method has an overwhelming advantage in respect of cost.” Of course nowadays the opposite is true.

018 > Comedy & Science

When TP got his funding from The Institute of Computer Science in 1967, he could’ve made anything in order to explore the possibility of computer animation. He chose to make…

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017 > TRUE or FALSE
Tony Pritchett at the ICA's Cybernetic Serendipity retrospective, 2014.

017 > TRUE or FALSE

> Tony Pritchett created the first computer-animated character in the world.A bold statement, but I believe it to be true.I'm not a computer art, film or animation historian, but in…

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