Since 2001, Ben Fry and Casey Reas have developed Processing, an open source programming environment created for the visual arts. In this presentation, they discuss the past, present, and future of the project as it nears the 2.0 release.
In 1972 Ed Catmull (founder of Pixar) and his colleagues created the world's first 3D rendered movie, an animated version of Ed's left hand. This is the film that they produced. It includes some "making of" footage (around 1:30) and some other early experiments. Read more at nerdplusart.com/?p=1106.