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Talks about fictional world-building

Fantastical settings, awe-inspiring landscapes ... Let these talks inspire and guide you in imagining a world of your own creation.

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  1. 12:04
    Danielle Feinberg The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life

    Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder."

  2. 16:37
    Will Wright Spore, birth of a game

    In a friendly, high-speed presentation, Will Wright demos his newest game, Spore, which promises to dazzle users even more than his previous masterpieces.

  3. 28:31
    Philip Rosedale Life in Second Life

    Why build a virtual world? Philip Rosedale talks about the virtual society he founded, Second Life, and its underpinnings in human creativity. It's a place so different that anything could happen.

  4. 17:08
    James Cameron Before Avatar ... a curious boy

    James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic — from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving — and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar."

  5. 18:15
    Béatrice Coron Stories cut from paper

    With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. Striding onstage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, she describes her creative process and the way her stories develop from snips and slices.