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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 College Open House

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

This past Saturday March 26th, Cogswell held an open house event. The event was open to anyone who was interested in getting more information about who we are and what we do at Cogswell. We had a lot of visitors, some of which were visiting from the east coast! Everyone received a tour of the campus and watched the videos of Project X and ESAL. Each visitor had the opportunity to speak to a representative of the department of their interest, so that they could ask all the questions they had regarding the program.  Also, interviews were setup with the financial aid office and with the office of admissions. This way, the visitors each had a good understanding of what programs we offer and what are the requirements for admissions as well as any questions they had in regards of financial aid opportunities. I conducted several tours and had a lot of fun doing so. Cogswell will be having another open house on May 7th for those who are interested, you will be able to RSVP at Cogswell’s website.

Acclaimed Animation Workshop by Ed Hooks Held at Cogswell

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
Ed Hooks (center) demonstrates the concept of power centers with student, Evan Clover (right), and alumna, Paulette Trinh (left).

Ed Hooks (center) demonstrates the concept of power centers with student, Evan Clover (right), and alumna, Paulette Trinh (left).

On Saturday, November 14, actor and author, Ed Hooks, offered his world-renowned class, Acting for Animators, to Cogswell students and invited guests.

Today’s character animators must do more than move pixels around the screen. They need to understand the motivation of their CG actors and bring a sense of realism to the resulting behaviors. In Ed Hooks’ class, students explore how to turn emotion into action. Making a character look sad or happy does not move your story forward but how your character reacts to the happy or sad does.

“This was an incredible event! Ed Hooks was able to take the things I’ve learned about animation over the years and present it in a very simplified and easy to understand way. The main point he taught was the action, objective, obstacle concept – that to carry the story, you need to make every action in animation interesting. Actions only change if there is an obstacle and objectives only change if there is a new objective. The emphasis that Ed put on this concept’s importance was very poignant,” said Evan Clover, a Senior Animator on Project X and a Senior in the Digital Art & Animation program, Animation concentration.

“During the presentation, he had Paulette and I demonstrate power centers – the place where people’s center of power lies depending on their status or attitude. Most power centers are right below one’s belly button. Nervous people have a high center of power as Paulette was demonstrating. I was demonstrating one in the hip, which is a power stance. He also had us experiment with different power center locations such as the lower back or the foot. Some made for very awkward walks.

For anyone who missed it, they missed an unbelievable event. This will absolutely help me out with my animations!”
“The experience was very enjoyable. I wish I had seen him 10 years ago. It’s this kind of thing that will really put CPC on the map!” said Geoff Clark, Cogswell alumnus.

Ed Hooks, a theatre professional for three decades, pioneered acting training specifically for animators instead of stage actors. His books, Acting for Animators and Acting in Animation: A Look at 12 Films, are standard texts at animation schools all over the world.

He has taught Acting for Animators at most major film and game studios including: Disney, Blue Sky, Sony, Valve, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Animal Logic, Microsoft, Blizzard and Epic Games. He has also presented the course internationally in Germany, Singapore, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Australia, Canada, China and the UK. Twice, he has been a featured speaker at SIGGRAPH and the Game Developers Conference. Mr. Hooks is on the Board of Advisors of FMX in Stuttgart, Germany and has been a regular presenter at Animex, an International Animation Festival in Teesside, England and Swansea Animation Days in South Wales.

Cogswell was pleased to offer this rare opportunity to our students and alumni.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement