Posts Tagged ‘News’

PDI Dreamworks Shutting Down

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

From sfgate.com at: http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/33/17/00/7139330/9/rawImage.jpg


January the 22nd marked a bleak day for the animation industry, as it was officially announced that Dreamworks would be closing its PDI studio in Redwood City.

I think it was pretty apparent that some layoffs would be happening—judging by the disappointments of recent box office sales, it seemed inevitable… however, this was an announcement that really knocked me for a loop.

There will be 500 employees laid off as a result of PDI shutting down. These are incredibly talented artists who have pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in animation. Some of them will be offered positions at the Dreamworks studio in Glendale, but there are still many who will be facing unemployment—creating an even larger pool of extremely talented artists looking for work.
This will no doubt cause soon-to-be graduating students concern, especially those living in close proximity to the now shut-down PDI studio. After all, it’ll be difficult enough to find a job without having to compete against some of the best animators and artists out there.

The industry has been responding with hope, however—already there have been job offerings from Blizzard Entertainment, Pixar, Rockstar Games, and other companies for those being laid off from Dreamworks. Another positive result with all these supremely talented artists suddenly being unemployed is they may be encouraged to team up together to being their own start-ups and companies. With all their experience working for a wonderful company like Dreamworks, they could easily take that knowledge and apply it to creating very successful independent businesses, which may in turn create more jobs in the industry.

So, after sulking for a good half of the day about how one of my favorite studios is downsizing and thus delaying the release of their future films, I decided to remain hopeful that there may be some benefits from this whole fiasco. As ever, the animation industry is shifting and changing and this is just one of the bumps in the road we’re going to encounter.

Sierra Gaston

Cogswell Student’s Artwork Featured On Kotaku!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Matt Bard

Dungeonesque Walls

One of our students, Matt “Bardler” Bard, had his polycount rock formation featured on Kotaku as, “A rather magnificent-looking, somewhat dungeonesque wall from Bardler”

Clicker here for the article!

Awesome job, Matt!

Earthquake/tsunami aftermath in Japan

Monday, March 21st, 2011

A week after the disaster, the world is still reminded of the unfathomable destruction that had happened in Japan.  With rescue crews still working night and day to find survivors and evacuate those in danger of radiation exposure, we can also help the people of Japan.  Many organizations have set up ways to help through donations.

Here are a few:

American Red Cross

Save the Children

Global Giving

The Cogswell community is keeping those affected by the disaster in their hearts and minds as many students attending Cogswell have connections to the disaster via family and friends.

Steve Swink Authors Book on Game Feel

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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“Picture yourself playing Super Mario Brothers. Imagine the sensation of moving Mario around the level, the feel of jumping over pipes and platforms,” said Steve Swink, author. “In digital game design, ‘feel’ is the most overlooked facet of game design. It’s a powerful, gripping, tactile sensation that exists somewhere in the space between player and game.”

Cogswell Alumnus, Steve Swink (Class of 2005), authored the book Game Feel: A Game Designer’s Guide to Virtual Sensation. The publication was released in paperback in October 2008 by Focal Press/Morgan Kaufmann.

Steve Swink graduated from Cogswell in 2005 with a Bachelor degree in Computer and Video Imaging. He is a game designer and managing partner at Flashbang Studios, a creator of independent games in Tempe, Arizona.

Click here to read more about the book . . .

Click here to learn more about Cogswell’s Game Development degree program.

- Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

Cogswell Trustee, Martha Kanter, Tapped to Join Obama Administration

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

KanterCogswell Polytechnical College Trustee, Martha Kanter, was confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 2009 as Under Secretary, Education. She will oversee the nation’s postsecondary education policy, as well as federal student aid, adult education and vocational education.

She is scheduled to be sworn in on Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

Read more . . .

- Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement