Posts Tagged ‘Blue Sky Studios’

Blue Sky presentation at San Jose State

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

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The Shrunkenheadman Animation Club at San Jose State is a pretty remarkable group. Many people at Cogswell might not be aware that Jeff Jackson, Cogswell’s storyboarding and drawing animation teacher, actually came from San Jose State and started the Shrunkenheadman club. Being a particularly large club, comprised of both illustration and animation departments, there is a very strong sense of community and kinship. They have a track record of hosting some impressive speakers/presenters, and last Thursday was no exception. Blue Sky representatives came to SJSU to give a presentation about their studio, including Matt Munn, Lead Animator.

Munn showed work from his early days as an animator (which visibly proved EVERYONE has a starting point) and gave some helpful advice. What stood out the most for me was the advice to “follow your heart.” As a previous nursing major, this really resonated with me. I’d left everything to go to art school because, in my heart, I felt passionate about animation and creating things. As graduation approaches and I reflect back, I don’t regret my decision; I’m glad I made the dive into animation.

I feel that both Cogswell and the animation department of San Jose State could learn from each other, and I hope to encourage networking and connections between the two. After all, we have the potential to be future co-workers so why not create professional relationships now!

Sierra Gaston

A Sneak Peek at Blue Sky’s “Epic”

Monday, May 20th, 2013

General Ronin (voiced by Colin Farrell). All images TM and © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved

This new offering from Blue Sky Studio promises to break new ground and be an audience pleaser. Set for release on May 24, critics have called it a cross between Avatar, Lord of the Rings and Gladiator.

According to the film’s director, Chris Wedge, the film is loosely based on William Joyce’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Set in a lush rain forest, the forces of ‘life’ battle the forces of ‘decay.’ While flashes of the humor for which Blue Sky films are known do crop up, the film has made an effort to tell a story with more depth than its previous family fare.

Check out the early preview of the film in AWN and the trailer and let us know if you are looking forward to seeing Epic.