Posts Tagged ‘Project X’

Latest Project X Film, Worlds Apart, Official Selection at LA Shorts Fest

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Academy Award qualifying film festival, LA Shorts Fest, has invited Worlds Apart to be an official selection for its upcoming July 21 to July 29, 2011 event. This prestigious festival boasts an outstanding past record of 37 Academy Award-nominated films, including 12 Oscar winners. This will be the festival’s 15th season.

“After reviewing the many films submitted, we found your short represents the caliber of work we want participating in our festival,” said Drea Garcia in the official invitation email.

Worlds Apart, produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, is the culmination of eighteen months of collaboration between Cogswell College students, faculty and industry advisors under the leadership of Animation Professor, Michael Zachary Huber. One of the secrets of Project X is that it does not run like a regular class but rather a working film production company – using teams of skilled artists, engineers and sound designers.

“The hours are grueling, aesthetics standards are very demanding and we treat the artists like professionals and not students,” said Michael Huber, Director of the Project X course. “This total immersion creates an environment conducive to quality, camaraderie and the highest production value. We believe it is the best way to learn.”

The festival will host all screenings at the historic Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters located at the start of the famous Sunset Strip at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Crescent Heights.

All of us at Cogswell are incredibly proud of the Project X team! We hope all the film festivals the movie screens at gets high praise and high ranking awards!

Working on the music of Worlds Apart

Monday, June 20th, 2011

This past term, I had the honor of working with composers Jeremiah Dias (pictured left) and Cameron McLaughlin (pictured right) on the music of the newest Cogswell Project X film, Worlds Apart. The film is currently rounding film festivals, so unfortunately I cannot share any samples of my work at this time (a trailer exists, but uses its own music rather than the music from the film). Nevertheless, I will talk about my experience with this project, as well as explain my role in it.

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Lucasfilm Animation Artist Advises Cogswell’s Project X

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Adam Holmes, Senior Story & Previs Artist at Lucasfilm Animation, stopped by to critique and offer advice on the latest Project X production at Cogswell College. The current Project X film is in the final stages of production and should begin the film festival submission process by early April.

“I was very impressed with the Hollywood production value of the film and Huber’s leadership and experience is clearly evident,” said Holmes. “The story, music, character design, animation, lighting and FX were well above most college-produced CG projects. In many shots the excellent character animation felt like I was watching a Pixar film! I have high hopes for these students in their careers and this film could be a serious award contender.”

Project X, the brainchild of Cogswell faculty member Michael Zachery Huber, is a course for upper division students and simulates a professional animation studio. In addition to having the opportunity to work on a professional quality short animation and build a high quality portfolio, students also get to network with industry professionals who visit the class to lend their expertise.

Visit the Project X website to learn more about this unique teaching model.


Great Lakes International Film Festival to Screen The Offering

Friday, September 17th, 2010

GreatLakesCogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce that The Offering, the first animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, has been selected for screening at the 9th Annual Great Lakes International Film Festival. Considered among the top 100 most popular film festivals in the world, The 2010 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival takes place from September 22 to 29.

The Festival is dedicated to showcasing independent films in the digital medium and to presenting the works of independent filmmakers and outstanding achievements in cinema. The film festival began reaching a global audience once it launched its festival interactively online. This allows independent filmmakers and fans worldwide to not only enjoy the films, but communicate with each other in real time as though they were together in the same room via online chat and web cams. Unlike other festivals streaming films online, films in this festival cannot be downloaded. The only time and place they can be viewed is through the festival.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class – unparalleled in its scope and study as it incorporates every component of animation film production for the big and small screen. This class, under the direction of Animation faculty member and long-time professional animator Michael Huber, is only available at Cogswell. Students worked tirelessly for three semesters to produce this studio-quality short film. They were supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

Ojai Film Festival to Screen The Offering

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

OjaiCogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce that The Offering, the first animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, has been selected for screening at the 11th Annual Ojai Film Festival. The festival takes place from November 4 to 7, 2010.

The Ojai Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the art of the motion picture through the presentation of an annual multi day festival in which films and videos submitted by filmmakers throughout the world are publicly exhibited at several venues in and around the city of Ojai, California.

The Ojai Film Festival, like the new millennium, was launched in 2000 with with two goals in mind: To provide audiences with opportunities to see groundbreaking work that would otherwise be inaccessible and to provide filmmakers with an enthusiastic audience including film industry professionals.

For the past sixteen years, the Ojai Valley has been home to the Ojai Film Society, a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural life of Ventura County through a variety of motion picture-related events presented throughout the year. The Film Society’s primary activity is an annual series of 36 distinguished films shown at The Ojai Playhouse Movie Theater on Sunday afternoons.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class – unparalleled in its scope and study as it incorporates every component of animation film production for the big and small screen. This class, under the direction of Animation faculty member and long-time professional animator Michael Huber, is only available at Cogswell. Students worked tirelessly for three semesters to produce this studio-quality short film. They were supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

AniMazing Spotlight Set to Screen The Offering

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Cogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce that The Offering, the first animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, has been selected for screening at the 2nd Annual AniMazing Spotlight Animation Shorts Festival. The festival takes place from September 4 to 5, 2010.

AniMazing Spotlight is a unique competition for animated shorts featuring an international panel of animation experts who review the shorts and select award winners. The Offering has been nominated for Best Achievement in Overall Design.

The Festival includes over a dozen entertaining and inspiring programs including workshops lead by Teddy Newton who shares  his work on Pixar’s Day & Night, a presentation by the UCLA Film Archive of the work of computer animation pioneer Robert Abel, Fred Crippen shares some of his favorite films & stories, Tom Sito speaks on Animation & Politics: the Blacklist, the Mafia and Beyond and Women in Animation moves us from shorts to dollars as Kim Adelman tells us how to market our animated shorts.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class – unparalleled in its scope and study as it incorporates every component of animation film production for the big and small screen. This class, under the direction of Animation faculty member and long-time professional animator Michael Huber, is only available at Cogswell. Students worked tirelessly for three semesters to produce this studio-quality short film. They were supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

The Offering Selected to Screen at the Animation Attack! Festival

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

AnimationAttack!Cogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce that The Offering, the first animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, has been selected to screen at the Animation Attack! Festival in Atlanta. Filmgoers can catch the film on August 7 during the Animation Attack Program Two at the Plaza Theater.

The festival takes place from August 6 to 8, 2010 and is part of the Independent Film Month Atlanta produced by the Festival League – an umbrella for several specialty festivals including: Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlanta Shortfest, Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Animation Attack! And DocuFest Atlanta.

The Festival League began in 2002 when a group of eager filmmakers, musicians and artists decided to create multi-media events to showcase and promote work which transcends the typical Hollywood productions, the radio hits and the high-priced art market. We constantly searched for work that brings audiences something fresh and alive.

In 2007, Festival League created an annual film festival in Costa Rica. The Montezuma International Film Festival is held every year in November and has proven to be one of the largest events the Festival League produces. The successful film festival in Montezuma has grown into an eight day, two city festival held in Manuel Antonio and Montezuma, Costa Rica.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class – unparalleled in its scope and study as it incorporates every component of animation film production for the big and small screen. This class, under the direction of Animation faculty member and long-time professional animator Michael Huber, is only available at Cogswell. Students worked tirelessly for three semesters to produce this studio-quality short film. They were supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

The Offering Wins Best Animation Award at Route 66 Film Festival

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Route66Cogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce that The Offering, the first animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, has received the Best Animation Award at the upcoming Route 66 Film Festival. The Festival takes place from September 17 to 19, 2010 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois.

The mission of the Route 66 Film Festival is to support and recognize independent filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds. The general theme of the festival is journey, whether emotional, physical, spiritual or personal. Moviemaker magazine listed the Route 66 Film Festival as one of the 25 festivals worth the entry fee in the spring 2008 issue, citing the low fees and the opportunity to have short films and interviews aired on the cable-access show “Watch My Shorts.” The Route 66 Film Festival began in 2002 as a part of the Mother Road Festival celebrating the vehicles and history of the famous highway.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class – unparalleled in its scope and study as it incorporates every component of animation film production for the big and small screen. This class, under the direction of Animation faculty member and long-time professional animator Michael Huber, is only available at Cogswell. Students worked tirelessly for three semesters to produce this studio-quality short film. They were supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

The Offering Selected For Screening at the NYC International Film Festival

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

GOLD_LAUREL_2Cogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce that The Offering, the first animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, has been selected for screening at the 1st Annual New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF). The festival takes place from August 12 to 19, 2010.

The NYCIFF was created to promote the new generation of talented filmmakers from around the world. The Offering will be showcased at the Premier event and will precede Lovely, Still a film starring Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn. After the theater screening, the film will be shown to the public in Times Square.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class – unparalleled in its scope and study as it incorporates every component of animation film production for the big and small screen. This class, under the direction of Animation faculty member and long-time professional animator Michael Huber, is only available at Cogswell. Students worked tirelessly for three semesters to produce this studio-quality short film. They were supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

The Offering Selected For the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Audience Choice Screening

Monday, June 7th, 2010

NYCFilmFestLogoCogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce that The Offering, the first animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, has been selected  for one of the 7th Annual New York City Downtown Short Film Festival Audience Choice Screenings. The Offering will appear in the June 25th block of films at the Duo Theater beginning at 8:00pm. Tickets and additional details are available at SmartTix.

During the Audience Choice screenings viewers watch 4 to 5 films and then vote on their favorite. The top vote getters are invited to participate in the 2011 NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (NYCDSFF) next April.

The NYCDSFF began 6 years ago with 12 submissions. Last year, 1,000′s of films were submitted — so many that the Festival Committee began holding monthly Audience Choice Screenings. Every year is a sell-out, so the 2011 festival is being expanded to night. Showcasing some of the best short films being produced in America and internationally, the festival’s line-up includes provocative dramas, clever comedies, edgy animation and intriguing documentaries.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement