Archive for the ‘Student Life’ Category

Cogswell’s Getting in the Spirit!

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Next Wednesday, Cogswell is inviting all students, faculty and staff to help them decorate the lobby and get into the holiday spirit!  There will be delicious snacks and plenty of cheer to go around!

If you’re part of our Cogswell community, don’t miss this beloved festive tradition!

A Little Razzle Dazzle for Independence High School

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Cogswell College at Independence High SchoolOn Friday, November 16, 2012, a small contingent from Cogswell College visited the campus of Independence High School in San Jose to offer interactive presentations that highlighted our Audio Production and 3D Modeling majors.

Tony Dias, a faculty member in our Digital Audio Technology degree program and Matt Bard, a student in our Digital Art and Animation degree program, lead the demonstrations. Paula Cruz, Community Outreach Specialist for Cogswell, facilitated the event.

Throughout the day the group provided 7 demonstrations for more than 1,000 students. The audio side of the presentation featured the magic of sound synthesis and the flexibility it gives sound designers. Tony provided samples of digitally created sound and then let the students experiment. Matt demonstrated the power of Zbrush and Maya, software programs widely used in the digital arts industry to bring characters and environments to life through color and texture and to animate characters.

Tony, as an alumnus of Independence High, also offered advice to the students including:

  • Attend college or other professional training
  • Learn how to learn and develop good problem-solving skills
  • Be persistent and learn from failure
  • Network with both your peers and other groups
  • Plan your career and follow your passion

Thanks Tony and Matt for spreading the word about Cogswell’s amazing learning environment!

Students Do More Than Study

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Student Life At Cogswell College

Some of the photos in the event collage above are:

  • Casino Night (masquerade theme)
  • Learning about inking comics with Mick Gray
  • Halloween party
  • Cogscon (our own comic and art convention)
  • Playing games such as Cards Against Humanity, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering and more
  • Trampolines at Sky High
  • Summerfest
  • Cogswell’s band, Dragonhearts
  • Filling the lounge with balloons as part of a creativity class
  • Relaxing and playing video games
  • BBQing
  • Game Night

While learning is an important part of life at Cogswell so is having fun, making memories and building relationships with your fellow students.

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

On Thursday, November 29, join us at our monthly “Lunchtime Talk” from 12:30 to 1:30PM. Featured speaker this month is Cogswell faculty, Dave Perry, who will share insights into “The Dialogue of Performance: Unspoken Communications in Animation and Film.”

The speaker series is sponsored by Cogswell’s General Education Program.

Where: Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA

When:  12:30 to 1:30PM

Cogswell College Presence at AES 2012 San Francisco Goes Beyond the Booth

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

This year’s Audio Engineering Society (AES) Conference, held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, was graced by a lively Cogswell DAT booth and behind-the-scenes activity that began long before this year’s event. The AES conferences are the largest gathering of audio professionals in the world, held each year in the US and Europe.

The Cogswell booth demonstrated how sound effects and scoring enhanced the animated student film, “Worlds Apart,”  featured our Genre Electronica class tracks on  an iTunes playlist and an electric guitar in the busy show aisle with a student-built guitar amplifier. Students and conference attendees were happy to sit for a few moments and show their chops on the amplified instrument.

Beyond the booth, Cogswell DAT professor, Timothy Duncan; Systems Administrator, Evan Peebles and alumnus, Michael McConnell have all served as Volunteer Co-Chairs. Professor Duncan and Peebles in 2008, Peebles and McConnell in 2010 and this year’s 2012 event. Additionally, McConnell was the 2012 Facilities Chair for AES. What does a Volunteer Co-Chair do?

As Volunteers Co-Chairs, Peebles and McConnell worked with the Convention Committee to help plan for the convention. This involved finding, organizing, overseeing and deploying volunteers with the goal of making a convention with tens of thousands of attendees going to hundreds of events run smoothly.  This year they sought out and received nominations from nearly 30 college advisors from around the world in order to find 160 of the best volunteers.

Volunteers give up a day to help the convention in trade for a full program badge. Recognizable in bright orange tee-shirts, Cogswell College had over 18 students volunteering at this year’s convention.

By offering this chance to students, AES helps introduce those starting out in the industry to the benefits of professional organizations. This opportunity allows them to play an important role, giving them the chance to not only meet, but work with some of the heads of the audio industry. This also gives students who couldn’t otherwise afford the full program pass, the option of accessing the educational sessions.

Pixar Animator Visits Cogswell on October 19

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Michal Makarewicz, Directing Animator at Pixar Studios and Instructor at Animation Collaborative, will provide an hour-long animation demo at Cogswell. Whether you are new to animation or more experienced, Michal offers tips and techniques for developing your animation project. The presentation is in partnership with Animation Collaborative – an organization that offers workshops throughout the year on various animation industry specialties.

Date: October 19, 2012

Time: 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Place: Cogswell College, Dragon’s Den

Pizza and sodas provided

RSVP required to jalexander@cogswell.edu or rreisdorf@cogswell.edu as seating is limited.

Michal joined Pixar Animation Studios in early 2003, where has been an animator on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up (Supervising Animator on the Up DVD short: Dug’s Special Mission), Toy Story 3, and a Directing Animator on Cars 2. In 2008, he was awarded an Annie for “Outstanding Charcter Animation in a Feature Production” by the International Animated Film Society for his work on Ratatouille. In addition to his work at Pixar, Michal has been teaching animation since 2005. He has contributed lectures as well as taught classes at the online school, Animation Mentor, and instructed classes at California College of the Arts and the Academy of Art University.

Students Win Best Video, Best Narrative and Prestigious MTV Act Award

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Cogswell College is pleased to announce that three of its students have created award-winning projects for the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards, including the prestigious Adobe Youth Voices Aspire MTV Act Award.

Keep Pushing, a video written, directed and produced by José Saavedra, P.J. Poloai and Diamanté Horton, received the Gold Award in the Music Video category in the 2012 competition. Their moving narrative, Angel in my Sky, received a Gold Award in the Narrative Category of the competition. 20 20 Vision, an inspiring call-to-action music video, received the MTV Act Award and the students were flown to New York’s MTV Studios in July for the official presentation. The Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards, introduced in 2012, is the first-ever online global youth competition from Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), the signature global philanthropy initiative of the Adobe Foundation. 2012 prize packages included Adobe software, laptops, HD camcorders and Flip Mino HD video cameras for the Club as well as a donation to the students’ charity of choice.

“These young men inspire my staff and are amazing role models for the younger kids,” said Peter Fortenbaugh, executive director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. “Their energy lifts everyone and provides leadership-by-example as they create these amazing works. José, P.J. and Diamanté remind us why we do the work we do for the Boys and Girls Club.”

Saavedra, Poloai and Horton met at the Redwood City Boys & Girls Club while in middle school. The Club houses a state-of-the-art production studio and provides guidance from Adobe industry professionals who donate their time to teach audio engineering, video editing and production. The Club also provides mentors who help foster the creative process.

“Adobe Youth Voices was established to provide young people with the tools to creatively express themselves through digital media,” said Miguel Salinas, program director for the Adobe Foundation. “We’re thrilled that our work with organizations like the Redwood City Boys & Girls Club provides a voice for students like José, P.J. and Diamanté, and has inspired them to pursue the digital arts.”

“We wrote Keep Pushing when each of us was going through hard times,” Saavedra said. “We kept pushing ourselves to keep coming to the Club to write, record, and one day the video was done.”

“When you can create music for the youth of today without any type of profanity, it makes you feel good,” said Poloai, who says he went through some rough times in his earlier years. “I never thought I could do anything like this before until I got into the Club’s studio.”

Horton, who provided the voice-over narrative for Angel in My Sky, is a new, incoming student to Cogswell College and is looking forward to learning music theory and other skills alongside Poloai and Saavedra in the college’s Digital Audio Technology (DAT) program.

“I know that most of our material will never be commercial because it’s not gangster rap or misogynistic,” Horton said. “That’s alright. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that other music, but it’s not what we’re about.”

Julius Dobos Joins Cogswell Audio Department as Distinguished Lecturer

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Cogswell College is pleased to announce the hiring of Julius Dobos as Distinguished Lecturer in its Digital Audio Technology department. In his new role, Mr. Dobos will teach courses in Studio Recording, Sound Design and Sound Synthesis and advise on student-based projects and initiatives.

“Cogswell is educating some of the brightest minds in the field of audio technology and music production,” said Mr. Dobos, “I am looking forward to helping Cogswell maintain its reputation for excellence as it continues to grow as an institution.”

Mr. Dobos is also the Founding Composer and Producer for The Creative Shop, a music production studio with a clientele that has included Sony Entertainment, The Discovery Channel, and Nokia. Prior to joining Cogswell, Mr. Dobos released seven musical albums, among them the platinum-selling “Connecting Images.”

He is the first Central-European composer of large-scale electronic/orchestral music to receive international attention and has composed music for notable motion pictures including “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” as well as for a variety of television programs, advertising campaigns, exhibitions and sound installations in the United States and Europe. He brings nearly two decades of experience as a professional musical producer and composer to his new role.

“Julius’ successes as a recording- and mastering engineer, film score- and electronic music composer, sound designer and business owner offer Cogswell students a proven model of professional excellence,” said Timothy Duncan, Director of Cogswell’s Digital Audio Technology program. “Mr. Dobos has shown himself to be attentive to the instructional needs of students, practical in his approach to instruction and experienced in the styles of music that matter most to Cogswell students.”

YOBONJA Invades PAX Prime 2012

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Tobiah Marks at PAX Dev 2012

Cogswell College Alumni Tobiah Marks and Angelo Yazar Co-founders of the independent game development company, Yobonja, that brought us Blast Monkeys, will be exhibiting August 31 to September 2 at PAX Prime Seattle 2012 (booth #6415).  Also, on August 29th Tobiah will present a talk called “What Worked: Lessons Learned Running an Independent Game Company” at PAX Dev.

Yobonja’s  Blast Monkeys, a physics-based puzzle game with over 11 million cross platform downloads, was nominated for the “Best Mobile App for Consumers” at the 2012 Global Mobile Awards, and was the #1 Free Android Game during the summer of 2011.

Marks and Yazar, along with fellow business partner Yekta Yazar, will be supported by several fellow Cogswell alumni who will help run the Yobonja booth. There they plan to show off the many different versions of Blast Monkeys and conduct a PAX exclusive debut of Blast Monkeys related merchandise.

Yobonja started in early 2009 making Facebook apps, but shortly after switched focus to mobile apps as the new indie friendly mobile markets grew. The success of Blast Monkeys has defined Yobonja’s place in the exciting mobile indie space allowing them to turn their inherent passion for development into an indie game development business.

“I did not realize how much time and energy the business side of running a company takes,” said Marks. “When you’re so focused on game development, you forget to factor in time for massive amounts of emails, meeting with other companies and dealing with all the legal issues and paperwork.”

“Being a student at Cogswell taught me time management, staying in scope, all sorts of things that are so hard to learn from just reading a book and listening to lectures,” said Marks, “we learned to stay focused and just create the games we want to make.”

PAX Dev Panel Information:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 5:00PM – 6:00PM

What Worked: Lessons Learned Running an Independent Game Company” by Tobiah Marks.

Cogswell College Exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2012

Monday, August 20th, 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.