Traditional of Excellence award winners Kevin Sorensen and Warren Trezevant.

OPRF alum Warren Trezevant honed his skills on the school’s stage performing in the theater department, but chose to go the path of animation, landing at Pixar Studios in 1995. He’s worked on some of the studio’s biggest hits—Cars and Finding Nemo, to name a few. He’s also experimented with new technology while at the studio, including developing a device called Toy Story Zoetrope—a creation that brings the studio’s characters “to life.” It’s able to take dozens of Pixar characters in the form of small figurines, placing them on a rapidly spinning platform and creating live 3D animation. He showed a video clip of the device in action to oohs and ahhs from the audience Friday at OPRF’s Tradition of Excellence Awards where he was being honored. It uses a tradtional 2D concept that has to be seen to be believed–and comprehended.

Watch the video clip of the seemingly magical machine.

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