MovingFrames: Journal of Computer Animation and Applications – Purdue University

Journal of Computer Animation and Applications

Call for Papers: Special Issue
Animated Realities, Documentary & Visualization

We welcome submissions on topics covering documentary animation practices including but not limited to educational and historical narrative, visualizing scientific research, and research-based storytelling. Animation has been used in news reels, propaganda, education and science contexts since the 1920’s. The first example of this genre was Winsor McCay’s 1918 film The Sinking of the Lusitania and another was Einstein’s Theory of Relativity by Fleischer Studios in 1923. The objective of this special issue is to report on the latest research, development, and applications of technology in the field of documentary computer animation. Early visualization works from Bell Labs and others leveraged the impact of animation for educational and explanatory purposes. Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, animated by Jim Blinn, showed the potential for computer animation to explore the un-seeable. Even abstract contributions from James and John Whitney might be considered documentary, in that they present images that arise as a direct consequence of the nature of making and tools – a form of material auto-documentation.

We welcome submissions that illustrate practical results and innovative applications of computer animation in a variety of domains, including education, history, art and entertainment.

Important Dates

  • Title & Abstract deadline: May 15th, 2022, 11:59 PM (AOE: Anywhere on Earth time)
  • Paper Submission deadline: August 1st, 2022, 11:59 PM (AOE: Anywhere on Earth time)
  • Notifications: October 1st, 2022


We call for papers, presentations, and responses in relation to moving image and animated documentaries, in their most expanded form. Your submission should include:

  • Title of your presentation
  • Abstract (summary of your proposed presentation) 500 words
  • Short Biography – 200 words
  • Relevant links to moving image work/websites etc.

There are two types of paper submissions: full papers and short papers must be submitted as PDF. Full papers should be between 4000 and 8000 words in length. Short papers should be up to 4000 words in length.

Where to Submit

Moving Frames focuses on the principles, practice, history, theory and applications of Computer Animation. The journal covers many aspects of Computer Animation, including pre-production, modeling, lighting, rendering, rigging, motion and compositing. The journal welcomes submissions that address new animation methodologies, algorithms, tools and innovative applications in all fields. The journal also promotes research and innovations in the pedagogy of animation instruction. The journal serves as a reference for academics, researchers, and practitioners in animation, educational technology, human-computer interaction, art and design, computer science, multimedia, virtual environments, film, game studies and more. It also includes reviews of the latest animation technologies, applications and cinematic performances.

Nicoletta Adamo