Posts Tagged ‘cogswell’

Animation is here!!!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Animation from students
As promised, I have some final animation from the students! I am going to post a few here on the blog and if you like them, let me know, I’ll put up more if they let me! I love these guys and think they are going to go a long way! Keep on working hard and always learning Jimmy, Taylor and Robert!

Summer Time!!!

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Spring Semester ends!

To all you students who have worked your tails off through this last semester and boosted your skills like crazy… it is finally time… for you to rest! The semester has come to an end and you can now enjoy your summer break!

Also, an even larger congratulations to you recent grads! Not only are you done with school for the summer, you are done FOREVER! (unless you are going to get your masters, haha). We are proud of you and you will definitely be missed! Don’t forget to come back and visit us when you become famous animators, sound designers and game developers!

So again, to everyone, take some time, kick back, enjoy the amazing summer weather and have some fun! Talk to you soon!

-Zombie

Animation COMING!!!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Final Student Animation Projects

Hey Everyone!

Just thought I would let you know that since this semester is coming to an end I have been talking to a few of the animators here. I asked them if I could feature their final projects on the Cogswell’s YouTube Channel and they said “no way”….. jk, they totally said yes! So I will have three amazing animation vids for you soon! Check back later this week!

Thanks Taylor, Jimmy and Robert!

-Zombie

Beverly Hills and Newport Beach Film Fests

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Worlds Apart Crew at Newport BeachNewport Beach Film Festival (from left to right): Evan Clover, Josh Hodges, Jeron Moore

Worlds Apart Crew at Beverly HillsBeverly Hills Film Festival Awards Gala (from left to right): Josh Hodges, Evan Clover, Ivy Clover, Jeron Moore

Recently a few of our alumni attended two film festivals in southern California; The Beverly Hills Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival. Both festivals were very exciting, the gang started their weekend off with attending the screening the animated shorts portion of the Beverly Hills Film Festival and we happy with the way Worlds Apart was received by everyone. After that, they took off to the Newport Beach Film Festival to attend the Shorts for Shorties portion of the festival. The animation they saw there was astonishing in quality and said it will be tough competition.  They were invited to the front of the theater to answer questions from the audience and then hopped out to the red carpet for pictures. Finally their weekend concluded with the Beverly Hills Film Festival Awards Gala. They got all gussied up with their suits and skirts and arrived to rub elbows with other film makers and celebrities. The awards ceremony was very classy and there we tons of laughs. Worlds Apart did not walk away with an award but there was high praise among  attendees for the films high production value and story. The Project X crew was all in all very pleased with the festivals and the weekend they had.

We will let you know as soon as we hear back from Newport Beach if Worlds Apart won an award. Stay tuned!

-Zombie

Dare of the Week: 012

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Draw a Monster
Hey Students!

This week we have a special dare that caters to your world right now: Finals Week. I know that finals week can be a terrible and horrifying monster that is only nearly rivaled by the Mid-Terms Monster and that can really stunt creativity. So what kind of solution can we come up with to battle that creative block? Well, how about a dare that helps you visualize what YOUR Finals Week Monster looks like. Make it scary, ugly, mean, sad, cute, fluffy, slimy, alien, dark, gruesome… it doesn’t matter! It’s your monster! Maybe making it cute will help you feel better about your finals!

Dare of the Week: 012
What did your “Finals Monster” look like???

Source File Here: www.cogswell.edu/picts/Monster.psd

I have uploaded the guidelines file (above) that the people over at Eat Sheep used to make their monster. I thought maybe having a similar “rig” would be fun to see how people fit the parameters with their monster. The only thing I ask is…FINISH YOUR FINALS FIRST, please. Good luck on all your tests, projects and papers! Can’t wait to see your monsters! (P.S. – I included some examples and even a video tutorial)

Monsters from Eat Sheep

And remember, once you are finished, post those monsters here:
http://www.facebook.com/cogswellcollege

-Zombie

Cogswell on CG Society

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

CG Society Article

Hey Everyone!

I wanted to bring you some really cool and exciting news that just came across my desk. You have all been seeing the success that the latest Project X film, Worlds Apart, has been seeing. A few of you have even seen how cool it is by having the privilege of watching the whole thing. This next bit of news is huge for Worlds Apart and for Cogswell..

Recently, a couple crew members from Worlds Apart contacted CG Society and inquired about getting the film featured on their site in some way. They never expected anything crazy, just a link, maybe a small summary on their list of animated shorts. After they send some material to the editor they couldn’t believe his response. He decided that he wanted to do a full 2 page article on the film!

If you don’t know who or what CG Society is, it is probably about time that you checked the site out. They are one of, if not the biggest, online CG Art and VFX websites in the world. They not only feature individual artists work but also professional studio work as well. They get thousands of hits on their site everyday and host some of the most beautiful cg art that I have ever seen. It is not only and honor to be featured on their site but a privilege and the crew of the film couldn’t be more happy.

If you want to check out the article and more about Worlds Apart, follow the link below.

http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/worlds_apart

Congratulations to the Worlds Apart crew! Hope you just as much success in your coming projects!

-Zombie

Dare of the Week: 011

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Hello once again readers!

Ok people, so this week’s dare is one that I personally have been wanting to do and I figured making it a dare would help me get to it. I have been on massive 8-Bit kick lately and have really always been a fan of the art style since I kind of grew up on the stuff. I also love photography, well, portraiture specifically. Also, with the age of social networking and the avatar craze, combining the two art forms is almost a perfect blend. So… this time…

Dare of the Week: 011
Do an 8-Bit digital portrait!

The guidelines this time are, no using Photoshop filters! I can tell and it takes away all the creativity from the dare, so don’t do it! Have fun, I can’t wait to see them!

8-Bit Portrait

And remember, once you are finished, post that 8-bit goodness here:
http://www.facebook.com/cogswellcollege

-Zombie

Year Up with Cogswell Entrepreneurship

Monday, April 9th, 2012

On Friday March 23rd the Entrepreneurship Program was asked to visit Year Up, an organization dedicated to closing the “Opportunity Divide” by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. The students that are enrolled into the program participate in classes that prepare them for jobs in IT, managerial, and technology-based positions.  YearUp asked entrepreneurship instructor Bret Sweet to speak on his career past, present, and future and provide perspective to the current YearUp classes. YearUp has been around since 2000, originating in Boston acquiring 22 students their first  year. By 2002 the first internships organized by the program start to form and the first graduating class walked out into the world in 2004. From then on, expansion led to sites appearing in Rhode Island, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco.

The YearUp SF campus was located in a brick building on Spear Street in San Francisco; the lobby hosted a very bright blue wall with a very kind greeting staff. Bret was no stranger to Year Up since he had gone to business school with the host of the speaking event. Praise awaited him around every corner and he had received a round of applause with his entrance into the event room. As per the usual charisma that Mr. Sweet gives at all of his talks, it was no surprise that students were left almost speechless. You could see the different emotions and lessons that Bret was presenting to the young adults in their faces with his stories of hardships, early ventures into entrepreneurship, and even family troubles. To say it was an inspiring motivational talk would be an understatement. Almost immediately after the talk, the room filled with questions for Bret about if he had advice for creating a successful business, what milestones they should aim for, and questions for his student ambassador about Cogswell. Needless to say it was quite the experience for everyone.

After his talk, Bret stayed behind to experience what YearUp calls their Feedback Session where all the students and teachers take a moment to reflect on the positive events and the areas for improvement that week so they can all improve personally and professionally. This  involved every person in the room and required input from each person in order to be effective.  In YearUp’s eyes, total immersion gives the best result.  Before Bret’s departure, the students begged for his contact information so they could ask him for advice at any time and Bret being the kind man he is gave everyone a way to reach him easily.

The Entrepreneurship Department here at Cogswell would like to thank Year Up for having us at their campus and hope that they come visit us sometime in the near future!

Bret Sweet for Cogswell Entrepreneurship

Dare of the Week: 010

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Self Portrait

Hello once again readers!

So we took a little break from the Dare of the Week because everyone has been so busy. After a nice little rest I think we are probably all ready to get back at it again. I am going to ease us back in with a simple dare. This time around we are going to do a photography challenge! This one should be accessible by everyone, if you don’t have a camera, chances are you have a phone and that phone probably has a camera on it. So enough talking you into it, let’s find out what the challenge is…

Dare of the Week: 010
Do a fun or interesting self-portrait!

My only requirement for this dare is that it needs to be well composed! So put a little thought into it, maybe even take it into Photoshop and check all the levels? Who knows, it could come out better than you thought it would (below is an example of mine).

Dare of the Week: 010

And remember, once you are finished, post those final images here:
http://www.facebook.com/cogswellcollege

-Zombie

Tornado Season Coming!!!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Student Project

Attention Dragons and Dragonettes- we’ve received notice of incoming storms next week. Windows are scheduled to be boarded over in attempt to prevent the front door from shattering and putting out an eye. You guessed it, it’s Tornado season. A Local meteorologist managed to weasel a paper airplane past the guard dogs and onto the front desk. After we ensured his remains were fed to the hounds, the note informed us we’re due to expect unusual debris across the school. In an effort to recover from the tornado damage, students are requested to participate in clearing the school of the artifacts left by the tempest. Keep an eye out for paper dragons guarding their treasured tickets, and for the love of the approaching singularity find and protect our future robot masters. Other such efforts that contribute to ensuring the integrity of our facility may include recording your participation in assigned tasks, or doing the bidding of your professor(s) for rewards. If you’re the competitive type then be sure to keep an eye on the front lobby television for daily details. What’s that, you want to collect points with a friend? How about three? Make some matching uniform and name to identify yourselves and bonus participatory happiness points will be awarded- but any more than four to a team and the stamp of frown-sadness will descend upon your final score. Take pictures and we’ll keep track of your deeds- who knows, perhaps those who live through the apex of the storm here on Saturday 14th will earn some eternal glory in the halls of Cogswell. Rations? Check. Dueling ART? Check. Fighting to the last breath with boffer swords? All bets are off boys and girls- it’s Tornado Season.