Posts from Jonathan Vatner

THE MEDIUM IS THE MAKEUP
Roger Cabello ’85 slathers, dollops, swirls, and dabs cosmetics into abstract masterpieces

My shrink once told me, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to be a painter or a photographer,’” Roger Cabello says. “Now I make abstract paintings and photograph them.” He’s a painter, all right, but his medium is makeup. The Peruvian-born Photography grad has made a career of shooting all kinds of cosmetics—foundation, lip gloss,…

MEMORIES OF DESIGNING FOR PRINCE

Stacia Lang, Fashion Design ’84, designed some of Prince’s most legendary stage outfits, including the notorious yellow buttless pants he wore at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. In the wake of his death, she shared some of her memories of the inimitable artist.   “The loss of Prince has really hit me hard. Harder than…

RAISING THE STANDARD
Flags are the family business for Sandy Dennis Van Lieu, Manufacturing Management ’94

The moon landing. The Battle of Iwo Jima. Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. These indelible historic moments are united by the stirring presence of the star-spangled banner, a patriotic symbol of America. Remarkably, one company made flags for all these events and countless more: Annin Flagmakers. With 500 employees across three factories in Virginia and Ohio, Annin…

BANNER YEARS
Some of Annin’s highest-profile flags throughout American history

1865 An Annin flag draped Abraham Lincoln’s coffin—and every presidential coffin since. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress/Prints and Photographs Division. 1901 A spray of Annin flags decorated Teddy Roosevelt’s inauguration. The company has produced flags for every presidential inauguration since Zachary Taylor’s in 1849. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress/The Crowley Company. 1909 American explorers Robert…

CREATURE FEATURES
How Ben Kilgore, Computer Animation and Interactive Media ’04, builds life-like computer-generated imagery for Hollywood blockbusters

In the first few minutes of the 2014 hit Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, not one human appears. A pack of majestic apes hunt deer through a lush rain-forest, dense with trees that seem to reach upward forever. Their faces are expressive, their hair ripples in the gentlest breeze, and their muscles tense…

8 ESSENTIAL FILMS IN THE HISTORY OF COMPUTER ANIMATION
Groundbreaking movies that changed the industry and inspired special effects master Ben Kilgore ’04

Tron marked the dawn of the CG era for big-budget films,” Kilgore says. The movie now looks dated, but the special effects wowed audiences whose virtual existence was limited to Atari-era video games like Pac-Man and Frogger. The designers who created the famous Light Cycle sequence went on to found Blue Sky Studios—and when Kilgore…