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Look Who Took the 12 Hour Comic Challenge

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

On Friday, February 15, the Cogswell Comic Creation Club – fondly known around campus as the C4 – seven hardy souls and one faculty adviser gathered in room 156 at 2:00PM for 12 hours of intense comic development. Yes, that does mean that they were busy drafting and drawing in this art form until 2:00AM Saturday morning.

The goal was for each participant to generate one six page story. They were well fortified with snacks and caffeine enhanced beverages.

Some students created their artwork the old-fashioned way – using paper and pencil – while others generated their comics straight from their computers. A lively discussion ensued about digital versus hand-drawn. The main question centered on, can you say you are selling original artwork if it’s digital? They didn’t reach a conclusion but had a good time arguing the pros and cons of each method.

Can’t wait to see the final products!

Let us know what you think about the digital versus hand-drawn debate.

Oscar Nominated Short Films in San Jose

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Here’s your chance to actually see the Oscar Nominated short films on a big screen in a local theater. The San Jose Camera 3 will screen all of the shorts today and tomorrow.

Camera 3 is located at:  288 S. Second St.,San Jose,CA,95113  (408) 294-3334

Screening Schedule:

2/1 (4:45p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated
2/1 (6:50p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated
2/1 (8:50p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action
2/2 (12:25p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated
2/2 (2:25p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated
2/2 (4:25p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action
2/2 (6:50p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated
2/2 (8:50p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action

Welcome to Spring Term 2013 Students

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Cogswell College kicked off another term on January 7. We are pleased to see that our student population is growing by leaps and bounds.

To welcome our new students the College held orientation on Thursday, January 3, so everyone could settle in. The next day a group of 30+ new and returning students went bowling at Moonlite Lanes in Santa Clara. As you can see it was a great time to bond and get to know your new classmates better.

Cogswell College Hosting Site for 2013 Global Game Jam

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The 2013 Global Game Jam – slated to run from January 25 to 27, 2013 – brings together thousands of game jam enthusiasts from all over the world and Cogswell College will play host again this year.

Each year the number of participating countries grows as does the number of sites available to participants. So far 270 jam sites in 58 nations are set to go. GGJ 2013 also welcomes the first-time participation of 10 new countries: Bolivia, Chile, Egypt, Greece, India, Macedonia, Morocco, Nigeria, Serbia and Tunisia. Cogswell College has been a Bay Area host since the first event in January 2008.

The Global Game Jam begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25 and ends at 3:00p.m. on Sunday, January 27.

Game Jams foster innovation and experimentation – it’s all about making games. A game jam is not for the faint of heart. Expect two days of hard work, experimentation, little sleep, new friends, great ideas, laughs, technical issues and the time of your life.

What could be better than the chance to challenge your creativity and technical expertise in a collaborative marathon? If you can’t think of anything, then join us and be part of the experience!

Learn more about the event and reserve your space now.

Space limitation:

50 participants, so make sure to register early.


$10 Students (with a college email address)

$20 Cogswell Alumni

$40 General Public

Twas the night before Christmas, at the VFX House

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

“Twas the night before Christmas, at the VFX house
Everyone was still there, ’cause shots “HAD” to go out.
The clips were all loaded, ready for playback again,
With hopes to be home by a quarter past ten.

The artists all wiggled, back and forth in their chairs,
Confident that “Finals”, soon would be theirs.
VFX sup at the ready, their anticipation grew,
As they all settled in, for one last review.

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their seats to see what was the matter.
From through the door a producer screamed like a loon,
More shots just came in, due tomorrow afternoon!

“How could this be, do they know it’s Christmas eve?”
“We’ve been on OT for 6 weeks, and now we can’t leave?”
“For my family I’ve bought, nothing at all!”
“On the way home, I was going to stop at the mall!”

Sadness and anger took over their minds,
But soon they were off, they dared not get behind.
Back to their desks, away they did flee,
Anxious and worried, what kind of shots would these be?

No new characters or props, a bit of good news,
A new environment, no time, an old one they’d re-use.
More rapid they typed, as they got back to work,
They drank coffee, and yelled, and started to curse!

“Screw Maya and Nuke and this proprietary crap!”
“Wake me when that file loads, meanwhile I’ll nap!”
“Ok, it loaded, but my assets aren’t showing!”
“Where the hell are those files, there’s no way of knowing!”

After awhile they all settled, back on the right track,
They had to make haste, there was no going back.
Hours and hours they slaved at their screens,
Pushing every pixel, every red blue and green.

And then, via email, a bit of joy after all,
Donuts in the office, at the end of the hall.
Pushing and shoving to claim circular delight,
Glorious sugar and frosting, some fuel for the night.

With simulations and renders, out on the farm,
A slight glitch here and there, no cause for alarm.
Keeping tabs on their renders, frame by frame,
Soon they would finish and freedom they would claim.

By four the next morning, all tasks were complete,
Freshly animated and lit, then composited neat.
Shots uploaded and queued, so they gathered once more,
Tired and haggard, the team was drained to it’s core.

The VFX Sup stood up and looked over his crew.
A wave of pride rushed over, and immediately he knew,
These people had families that soon would awake.
These words he spoke so loud, the ground it did shake!

“Get away from this place, another minute do not spend.”
“Be with your spouse and your kids, go home my dear friends.”
“If during review the client says these shots do not pass,”
“I’ll turn to him and say, why don’t you kiss my ass!”

They looked at each other, then started to cheer,
Finally it was time, they were all in the clear.
They got up and walked out, goodbye they all waved,
Racing home in their cars, Christmas might have been saved.

Back in his office the VFX sup awoke from his slumber.
Where had everyone gone, out loud he did wonder.
Up on the roof, old Santy morphed back to himself,
“Happy Christmas to All!”, shouted the jolly old elf.”

Students, Faculty & Staff Help Needy

Monday, December 17th, 2012

This year, Cogswell participated in the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wish Drive which fulfills the needs of children in low-income neighborhoods who would go without anything during the holidays. Students, faculty and staff donated almost 80 gifts!

Cogswell’s Seeing The Hobbit!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

All Cogswell students are invited to attend the final free ASB movie of 2012: The Hobbit!  The event takes place tonight at 9:00 pm.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to celebrate the end of finals!!

Finals Week at Cogswell is Almost Over

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Photos of Finals Week at Cogswell College

Students answer a few questions about the end of finals week at Cogswell College! Looks like most are ready for the holiday break.

What’s the hardest final you had?

  • Robotics
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Sculpting
  • All of the above plus life
  • Painting
  • Modeling

How much sleep did you get last night?

  • Three to four hours
  • Five hours
  • Sleep?
  • Two hours
  • Six Hours

Best thing about finals?

  • It’s almost over
  • Everyone is sharing in my pain
  • Once it’s done, it’s done
  • Nothing

What will you do on break?

  • Sleep
  • Have fun
  • Collect my thoughts
  • Forget what I just learned

FESTIVUS – a holiday for the rest of us!

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Cogswell students are invited to join ASB for our first annual Festivus celebration!

When: December 14
Time: 6:00PM
Where: Dragon’s Den at Cogswell College

What, you ask, is Festivus?

It’s for the student who “reserves the right to celebrate a made-up holiday.” Basically it’s a chance to get together with your fellow students and relax after the grueling finals week.

What will happen during Festivus?
Potluck – everyone is encouraged to bring a delicious treat. Pizza and Festivus bagels will be provided.

Airing of Grievances – you get to tell the ones you love how they have disappointed you over the past year (but make it fun – so it’s all in jest and no feelings hurt!)

Feats of Strength – Show how macho (what’s the female version?) you are and challenge the event organizer to an arm wrestling match. Mats may be provided.

Raffle – at the end of the event, everyone who attended will be eligible to win an – as yet to be determined – fabulous prize.

Come and join us and most of all celebrate the end of finals!!

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!