Through the Eyes of a Child : A History
In 1997, the administrators of The Internet Raytracing Competition started
discussing the possibility of adding an animation competition to go along with the stills (pictures) competition.
As part of my effort to evaluate the feasibility of making animations using available tools, I wrote an animation of a locomotive going around a circle of track. I modeled the loco after the one Marlene made for our home page.
In 1999, we bought a house and I modeled it in POV-Ray so that Marlene
could get an idea of what my new home office addition above the garage would look like.
I decided to add music to my little video and selected a 16 minute 43 second piece that Stu and I had written
and played. That's an awfully long piece of music, but it's one of my favorites,
and I thought it lent itself well to animating. I just wish it wasn't 17 minutes long. :)
In 2003, I mailed DVDs of the animation out for Christmas presents, with about 5 minutes of animation done.
In 2005, I re-rendered it fixing just a couple of the broken things. Then I stopped working on it.
In 2015, I decided that I needed to re-render tteoac in a modern video format. My old MPEG-2 just didn't look good compared to "Alpha and Omega 4" (which is about as cheap of a modern computer animation as you can get). Hello 480p mp4! (I can't wait to do the 1080p version.) While I was at it, I decided to do some work on it, including making a downloadable version and setting up this web page.