Cool Jobs: Math as entertainment

Magic, movies and metal: How mathematics adds dazzle to the visual world

By Dana Mackenzie, 14:15 PM December 19, 2012

This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.


“I seem to specialize in the area of mayhem,” says Nafees Bin Zafar with a smile. This visual effects expert helps bring some of the most memorable smashes, crashes and dashes to the movie screen. The one in Madagascar 3 where the fearless heroes flee a casino, leaving all sorts of rubble in their wake? Check. The scene in 2012 where Los Angeles...

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