Check out Niniane’s blog on this…. very cool!
“When I worked for Microsoft in the early 2000’s, one of the main features I developed was a cloud rendering system for Flight Simulator. I published a couple articles about it afterwards.
In 2007, I got an email from someone working on special effects for a movie. We have a friend in common, so we had exchanged emails previously about computer graphics. Now his team was reviewing previous work in cloud rendering, and my system came up on the list. He alerted me to a broken link on my cloud page.
I thanked him. He didn’t end up using my real-time cloud techniques, but we kept in touch over email now and then.
This week he emailed me saying (paraphrased), “You may not remember me asking about your cloud paper a long time ago, but the movie finally came out. If you see it, check out the clouds.”
I thought to myself, “Oh, what is this movie?”
The movie is Avatar!!!”
Oh, and Niniane…. go and see it… its amazing!