The Larger Than Life 1985 digital animation, incorporating early motion-capture techniques and other innovative computer graphics techniques, was a project by then UCLA engineering / design student Dave Curlender and UCLA medical research doctoral candidate David S. Goodsell, using the university's molecular biology supercomputer. Currently, David S. Goodsell, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.
This finished project premiered to the public at "On the Threshold", and was one of a number of early computer graphic works screened at EZTV, first as a work in progress, and then numerous times over the years. Most recently, the 1985 piece was used as part of the finale for the opening of the Getty Museum's Pacific Standard Time.
Dave Curlender is a EE engineer and designer. In graduate studies at UCLA in the early 1980s he conducted multidisciplined experiments at the Molecular Biology Laboratory in motion simulation graphics, 3D animation and automated motion capture.