1997: “The Campanile Movie,” a short film by alumnus Paul Debevec, premieres at a Los Angeles computer graphics convention, and its novel virtual-cinematography techniques are used for the 1999 major motion picture The Matrix. Debevec’s 1996 Ph.D. thesis demonstrated Façade, a new image-based modeling and rendering system for creating photorealistic architectural models from photographs. His film used 20 still photos of the tower and campus taken from different angles.