Posts Tagged ‘Project X’

The Offering Selected For Screening at the Sundial Film Festival

Monday, February 8th, 2010

ProjectX_PosterCogswell 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 Sundial Film Festival. The festival takes place from March 10 to 13, 2010 in Redding, CA.

The film was produced under the auspices of Project X, a unique curriculum design that delivers the learning experience based on a professional studio model. Under the direction of Animation faculty member and long-time professional animator, Michael Huber, students take the film from concept to post production. The class is only available at Cogswell College. Students, selected through a portfolio review and interview process, 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.

The Sundial Film Festival is a Northern California celebration of the digital artistic expression of professional and amateur filmmakers and photographers. It incorporates an international and children’s film experience with the “State of Jefferson” competition designed to showcase digital film and photography that enlighten and reflect the talent and diversity of artists and/or natural resources of Northern California and Southern Oregon. One of the guiding objectives of the Sundial Film Festival is to educate and foster film and photography production among youth that they may discover an interest or career using this craft.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

The Offering Selected For Screening at Tiburon Film Festival

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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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 9th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival. The festival takes place from March 18 to 26, 2010 in Tiburon, CA just north of San Francisco.

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.

The Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) seeks to provide a greater understanding of the world and its many cultures through the artistic medium of film. The festival attracts top quality films from around the world. TIFF wishes to enhance tolerance between people of all backgrounds. Its goal is one of cultural enrichment and heightened cultural awareness and to create a platform for independent filmmakers to express their talent and vision from any nation. TIFF strongly believes in its motto: “Understanding the World through Film”®

Cogswell’s Short Animation “The Offering” Screened During a Masterclass in Beijing

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Cogswell grad Robert Moore (left) with his translator in China.

Cogswell grad Robert Moore (left) with his translator in China.

On October 26 a delegation from Cogswell Polytechnical College traveled to the Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing – one of Cogswell’s partner universities – to provide an exclusive showing of The Offering, a short animated film produced by students in the College’s Digital Arts and Animation program Project X class. The screening was part of a Masterclass Michael Huber, Assistant Professor and Director of the 3D Animation program, was invited to teach during CUC’s annual Aniwow Festival.

The Festival’s goal is to provide a platform for animation practitioners and researchers from all over the world to advance the dialog and cooperation between academic research and industry and to provide students more opportunities to learn from established artists.

The Masterclass entitled, The Production of Project X, focused on the process Cogswell used to complete the film by modeling a professional studio setting. Students who worked on The Offering were held to the same standards as those working on films in companies around the world.

Dr. Chester Haskell, President and Robert Moore, 2009 graduate of Cogswell and Lead Animator on the project, also represented Cogswell during the visit. Mr. Moore participated in the Masterclass and Dr. Haskell joined in discussions about trends and the global nature of the industry. Check out the upcoming December issue of the Alumni News for an interview with the Cogswell group about their experiences, insights and the contacts they made.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

Senior Level Animation Class Project X Has a New Project and Needs Artists!

Friday, November 6th, 2009

11X17_promoWith the completion of Project X’s first project, The Offering, the Senior level animation class is starting on its second project and is looking for artists! Details about the project are once again protected under Non-Disclosure Agreements but the theme can be surmised from the promotional poster.

If you are an animator, rigger, lighting artist or texture artist, pull out the best of your portfolio and submit it for review! Cogswell students who are interested should talk to Michael Huber. An impressive portfolio and deep dedication is essential to become part of the team. While the class requires a very high level of commitment, it is also one of the most rewarding classes on campus.

“Students should join Project X because it’s extremely beneficial to their futures. This particular project is going to be a very influential piece in the art world,” advises Cogswell student Josh Hodges, a Senior in the Digital Art and Animation program and a concept artist on the new project. “Project X will give you an amazing portfolio and set you apart from others when you start applying for jobs in the industry. Make sure you’re confident when you register for the class. We have a lot of fun but we’re all about work. Make sure you have enough time to invest. This project is all about commitment, but it’s absolutely worth every second you spend.”

The Offering Premieres for Cogswell Community

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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On Thursday, October 1 at 12:30 pm in the Dragon’s Den, we will premiere the Cogswell-produced short animated film: The Offering. This animated short film was produced on campus by Cogswell students! The film has never been played before an audience, so the Cogswell community, including a few VIPs, will have the privilege of being the very first audience

Assistant Professor Michael Huber and the Special Project/Senior Project 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. This film is sure to attract the attention of studios and inspire prospective students everywhere.

Please pass the word: lunch and drinks will be provided. Come and see the premiere of this ambitious and artfully constructed film. Come celebrate the immense efforts of your friends and fellow Cogswell students.

This is a campus only event, so only current students, faculty, staff, and a few VIPs will be admitted. There will be a formal public premier at a later date.

-Michael Martin, Dean of the College

Short Animated Film “The Offering” Trailer Now Online

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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If you have been following Cogswell news, you know that we are close to premiering the Cogswell student-produced short animated film The Offering.

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 Polytechnical College. Project X has no competition with regard to the quality of instruction it provides or the standards it sets for animation production value. Student participants have the opportunity to integrate all the disciplines of CG production including animation, modeling, texturing, effects, rigging, lighting, rendering, compositing and production management.

Take a look at the trailer, and keep an eye out for more updates on where and when to see The Offering.

To learn more about the multi-discipline project-based curriculum at Cogswell College, visit our website or better yet, arrange a tour of our campus and see where you can begin your career in video games.

-Michael Martin, Dean of the College

Project X Beijing Trip on Hold

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

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The world premiere of the Project X animated short film “The Offering” in Beijing has been postponed. A Communications University of China student returning from Toronto was diagnosed with the H1N1 Flu last week, so all student group activities have been canceled.

Project X Director Michael Huber, President Haskell and a Project X team member will attend the premiere some time in late summer.

-Michael Martin, Dean of the College