Cogswell College Exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2012

Siggraph Cogswell

SIGGRAPH 2012 was the perfect backdrop for Cogswell College to showcase its acclaimed animation program and announce its new Black Collar Immersion Workshop. Held in Los Angeles from August 7-9, 2012 more than 21,000 artists, research scientists, gaming experts, filmmakers, students and academics from 83 countries around the globe gathered to learn from experts in the field and review the latest technology and techniques.

During the 3 day exhibition Cogswell shared information about exciting new programs and continued successes plus hosted a full schedule tech talks in our booth. We also hosted a party for alumni and industry friends at the Figueroa Hotel on Wednesday evening. Highlights of our announcements include:

New Black Collar Immersion Workshop

The new Black Collar Immersion Workshop, to be held September 13-15 and again on October 11-13, 2012 on the Cogswell campus in Sunnyvale, is the precursor to the upcoming launch of Cogswell’s new Masters in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (MEI) Program. The new MA degree prepares people to be “Black Collar” entrepreneurs who combine artistry and creativity together with technology know-how and business expertise. The Black Collar Immersion Program engages participants with their peers in an intensive, hands-on and highly interactive workshop environment. For more information or to register for one of the workshops visit our website.

Cogswell College Film Worlds Apart Garners Over Ten Film Festival Awards

Worlds Apart, largely created by Cogswell’s Project X students, is about an environmental disaster, a boy, his teddy bear and the aliens who visit their Central Valley, Calif. farm. The film has been accepted at over 30 international film festivals. The 11 awards garnered to date include the Children’s Jury Award at Encounters International, UK, Philadelphia Film & Animation (Best Animation), Route 66 International (Best Animation), California International Animation Festival (Best Animation), Oregon Film Awards (Best Animation), Miami Short Film Festival (Best Animation) and the San Antonio Film Festival (Best Animated Short), among others.

In-Booth Tech Talk Schedule

“Secrets Behind High-End Animated Film Production” by Michael Zachary Huber, Writer & Director of Worlds Apart and David Perry, Animation Director of Worlds Apart. Tuesday & Wednesday at 10:30AM and 1:30PM

“Creative Ventures for Black Collar Professionals” by Debby Hindus, Serial Entrepreneur and Director of Cogswell’s Entrepreneurship Degree Program. Tuesday & Wednesday at 11:30AM and 2:30PM

“A Crowd Production at DreamWorks Animation” by Allen Stetson, Crowd Department Supervisor at DreamWorks. Tuesday & Wednesday at 12:30PM

“Deadlines, Self-entitled Students & Crazy Directors” by Students of Project X. Tuesday & Wednesday at 3:30PM

The Project X Program:  The Essentials of Animation Film Production

This invitation-only production class is unique to Cogswell College. The course incorporates every component of animation film production for the big and small screen. The schedule mirrors a production company—long hours, demanding deadlines and industry-leading software from Pixar. Project X students integrate all the disciplines of CG production including animation, modeling, texturing, effects, rigging, lighting, rendering, compositing and production management. Students quickly become ‘studio-ready’ through visits and access to some of the best artists in the business from companies including ILM, PDI/DreamWorks, Electronic Arts and Sony Pictures Image Works. Project X has created two award-winning animated shorts, The Offering and Worlds Apart.

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