A new podcast series of short videos portray the History of Animation in Court. The series is produced by the trial-graphics company Z-Axis Corporation and is less a history of animation than a history of the company’s role in animation. Nevertheless, the company has been involved in creating computer animations for several landmark cases, including the Justice Department’s case against the tobacco industry and litigation over whether the collapse of the World Trade Center’s twin towers constituted two insurable events. Here is part of the description from the company’s announcement of the series:

“This collection will include some of the landmark cases to use computer animation over the years as well as other less famous, but still innovative and interesting applications of computer graphics. The animations illustrate a wide range of subjects including airplane crashes, mechanical devices, explosions, drug and chemical reactions and terrorist attacks.”

Botton line: Yes, these podcasts are a commercial for Z-Axis, but they are also informative and interesting for anyone who uses or might use computer animation in the courtroom.

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