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
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
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