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Harry Marks is considered by many to be the godfather of broadcast design. More than any other individual, he changed television by doing things with graphics that had never been attempted before. Not only did he pioneer the use of emerging imaging technologies, but he did so with style and reason. His pioneering work in the field of CGI brought him into collaboration with many other industry pioneers, including Douglas Trumbull, Robert Abel, Carl Rosendahl (whose company evolved into DreamWorks Animation), and Dale Herigstad. In the early '80s, Harry had the idea of bringing together people who work in the disparate fields of technology, entertainment, and design, so he partnered with Richard Saul Wurman and the TED Conference was born. This installment of Creative Inspirations takes viewers on a historic journey through the extraordinary career of Harry Marks.
Harry Marks: Well, this is Pine Meadows in Pebble Beach. It's a place that many people find unnerving because its so quiet, but it is paradise for me. I bought this house about 35 years ago, because I had a lunatic dream of early retirement, which never came to pass, but I held on to the house, never rented it. It was always here as an incredible detox place from the madness of broadcast, which is very stressful. It's a seven day, 24X7 thing and you can't have a black hole on the air, so you fill it.
To be able to come here and just chill out, seriously chill out, probably was a lifesaver. I mean it's just wonderful. I can't say enough about how it's reduced my stress level, how happy I am to be here, and I feel blessed, to be honest, that's how I feel. What I really would like to do and I've looked into it is I would love to teach.
I would like to teach older people and I would like to teach kids. I'm trying to get myself associated with the Boys & Girls Club of America. There are two big facilities here, and I would love to teach movie making. This is a pretty closed and quiet community. I have some very good friends and neighbors, kind of divided into two sections. One section is very civic minded and the other is totally photographically minded. I mean, this is a real haven for photographers, and I'm a bit of a photography groupie so I know quite a few photographers.
On the other side, I get to participate in the community a bit. I get to give back for all this pleasure. We have rotating art shows at the airport and I design stuff for them. I just do a lot of pro bono work. It keeps my Photoshop chops up, they're pleased, and it gives me something to do. It's great. Otherwise I don't know what I would be doing, knocking on doors saying, would you like a letterhead?, like I used to 50 years ago.
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