Hey friends,

I am happy to make DROIDMAKER available in audio format. I'm reading the book here, but the book wasn't written as prose—there are many complicated terms and ideas, and many many characters. The 500-page physical book (and even the ePub version) is replete with footnotes and sidebars, information really nice to have. Because the story traverses a number of arcane disciplines—filmmaking, cinema history, computers and computer graphics—the frequent sidebars go into details and none of this ancillary content is in the audio recording. So all this is to say, the book was written as a somewhat nonlinear experience, to maximize the value of the physical medium, where the layout and photos are as important to the telling of the story as the words themselves.

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Consequently, I'm pleased to provide these recordings, chapter by chapter -- but if you're really interested in these stories, i encourage you to get the full illustrated book. That's my plug. And this:

ACT I

In which we learn why a young luddite filmmaker would spend a disproportionate quantity of his new-found wealth on setting up a stealthy "computer division."


Act II

Where we learn about the birth of computer graphics and how Lucas met Ed Catmull. What problem was he trying to solve with these computers?

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