Deborah R. Fowler

Deborah R. Fowler

Deborah R. Fowler

  • B.Sc., double honors, computational science and mathematics, University of Saskatchewan, 1985
  • M.Sc., computer science, University of Saskatchewan, 1987
  • Ph.D., computer science, University of Regina, 1992
  • Postdoctoral studies, computer science, University of Calgary, 1993
First year at SCAD:

"The first things that impressed me about SCAD were the small class sizes, personal attention by faculty, excellent equipment and extraordinarily experienced and distinguished faculty. I feel privileged to have become part of the Visual Effects Department.

"I continue to be inspired by the students' work each quarter. Watching different styles, techniques and ways of learning makes me a stronger mentor. At SCAD we provide personal attention and genuine interest in helping students thrive and succeed both here and after they graduate. Visual effects teaches fundamental concepts, not just software packages - this is absolutely key in an industry that experiences evolving software and rapid changes - and helps to develop adaptability in our students. Listening to the voice of the students as well as alumni and industry professionals is a strength at SCAD. Having a close liaison with industry adds relevance to our curriculum as well as providing examples of excellence for our students to strive toward and achieve."


Senior lighting and modeling technical director working on feature films "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" and "Toy Story 2"; postdoctoral and graduate work recognized by SIGGRAPH as state of the art and published in two SIGGRAPH papers; contributions to two books, "The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants" and "The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells"

Publications and presentations

Book contributions


  • P. Prusinkiewicz and A. Lindenmayer. "The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants." With J. S. Hanan, F. D. Fracchia, D. R. Fowler, M. J. M. de Boer and L. Mercer. Springer-Verlag, New York, 1990.
  • Hans Meinhardt. "The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells." With Contributions and Images by P. Prusinkiewicz and D. R. Fowler. Springer-Verlag, New York, 1995.

Conference proceedings


  • D. R. Fowler, H. Meinhardt and P. Prusinkiewicz. Modeling seashells. Proceedings of SIGGRAPH '92 (Chicago, Illinois, July 29-31, 1992).
  • D. R. Fowler, P. Prusinkiewicz, and J. Battjes. A Collision-based Model of Spiral Phyllotaxis. Proceedings of SIGGRAPH '92 (Chicago, Illinois, July 29-31, 1992).

Previous Positions

Senior member of the lighting and modeling teams at Pixar Animation Studios; modeler creating the foliage and tree models used in "Toy Story," vegetation and pre-production model maker for "A Bug's Life"; modeling plants for the Clio-winning Listerine "Arrows" commercial; senior member of the lighting team and one of four lighting leads for "Toy Story," performing master lighting, shot lighting, training of team members and continued master lighting during "A Bug's Life," as well as master and shot lighting and serving as a sequence lead for "Toy Story 2"

Courses Taught

  • VSFX 428 Particles and Procedural Effects
  • VSFX 721 Procedural Modeling and Animation
  • VSFX 753 Motion Capture and Integration
  • TECH 326 Motion Capture Technology
  • ITGM 315 C++ Programming I