How Michael Crichton Gave Birth to the Movie Pixel

Pixelation: we rely on it today to obscure nudity and lewd gestures on TV. But did you know that we have a 1973 Michael Crichton sci-fi film called Westworld to thank for the image-blurring digital effect?
Crichton—who was relatively inexperienced at the time—wanted to create something that, onscreen, looked like a blurred digital machine. He first turned to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab but they require £130,000 and nine months, both of which were deal breakers. So Crichton sought out John Whitney, Jr., the son of a famed experimental filmmaker. Read More >>


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