Cogswell College Alumni Play Major Role on Life of Pi VFX Team Graduates Hail From Prestigious Project X Program, Creator of Award-Winning Animation Productions The Offering & Worlds Apart SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cogswell College (http://www.cogswell.edu/), today announced that several alumni from its prestigious Project X animation and film production program were credited on the visual effects team in the Oscar-winning film,Life of Pi, including a supervising technical director. "Cogswell graduates worked on many of thetop-grossing filmsof 2012," says Michael Huber, a Hollywood industry veteran who directs ProjectXat Cogswell. "All nine graduates who worked onLife of Piwere Project X students. Our students are ready to work in the top VFX houses due to the rigors of this program." Alumnus Chris Evart, who recently moved from the beleaguered Rhythm & Hues to a major Hollywood studio, served as technical animator onLife of Piafter completing work onSnow White and the Huntsman. "I did the close-up interaction shot of Pi crying and petting the tiger's head," says Evart, "and the shot where the tiger comes out from under the tarp and roars at the camera." A recent blog photo shows Pi petting ablue tiger stand-in, a powerful testament to the artistry and level of production that created the CGI tiger moviegoers experienced. "The level of technical expertise Chris contributed to this film is a testament to Project X," says Huber. "These former students all worked on Project X's student filmsThe Offeringor our current short,Worlds Apart." Thepost-apocalypticWorlds Aparthas been on the film festival circuit for the last 18 months. It has garnered more than a dozen 'Best Animation' or '1^stPlace' awards at national and international festivals. "The VFX industry is so integrated into Hollywood that without it there would be no Hollywood," says Huber. "With Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm (which includes Industrial Light and Magic (ILM),and Skywalker Sound), multiple new VFX projects that will require a slew of new hires are in planning stages." Huber notes that twoLife of PiVFX team members have moved on to Disney. "Our Project X graduatesarehighly sought after and are often hiredrightout of the program," Huber ends. "Ninety-nine per cent of Hollywood films have some form of CGI; for those with the highest level of training, there will always be work." About Cogswell College Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cogswell College is an accredited four-year institution of higher education with a curriculum that fuses art, engineering and entrepreneurship (http://www.cogswell.edu/). As one of the Bay Area's premier colleges, its novel academic approach offers an integrated model that emulates the industry environment—a collaborative, project-based, learning approach that uses multidisciplinary teams to take projects from concept through the delivery pipeline. CONTACT: Bonnie Phelps Cogswell College email@example.com 408-498-5145 Kimberly Hathaway Gallagher Group Communications firstname.lastname@example.org 415-994-1097
Cogswell College Alumni Play Major Role on Life of Pi VFX Team
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