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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.


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

New Orleans Film Festival Set to Screen The Offering

Friday, August 6th, 2010

NewOrleans

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 21st Annual New Orleans Film Festival. The festival takes place from October 14 to 21, 2010.

The New Orleans Film Festival continues its tradition as Louisiana’s preeminent film event, presenting an eclectic program of films each fall with legendary New Orleans as its backdrop. Offering filmmakers and film fans alike an ideal setting in a world-famous city, the NOFF draws in over 7,000 attendees each year. Both established and emerging filmmakers gain media exposure, connect with the region’s diverse audiences and participate in an acclaimed event attended by industry professionals as well as celebrated luminaries.

Over the past two decades, The NOFF has welcomed numerous indie icons into its family, including Todd Solondz (Happiness), David Gordon Green (Undertow), and Richard Linklater (Slacker). Many of the Festival’s alumni have gone on to be honored at Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto, and even at the Academy Awards.

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

Strasbourg International Film Festival Set to Screen The Offering

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Strasbourg

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 3rd Annual Strasbourg International Film Festival (SiFF). The festival takes place from August 20 to 27, 2010 in beautiful Strasbourg France.

The festival’s mission is to show the works of new and emerging filmmakers. SiFF will showcase creative, edgy, out-of-the-box and maverick filmmakers in all genres including experimental and avant-garde as well as more traditional dramas, thrillers, romantic comedies, daring documentaries and wild ride animation. SiFF will show approximately 25 feature films and 60+ shorts – in all genres.

The festival also includes a roaming element called, “Nomadic Tendencies,” where films from the festival will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida. The St. Petersburg screenings will take place from September 3 to 12. The Offering will screen in one or both of these locations.

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 Tupelo Film Festival

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Tupelo

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 7th Annual Tupelo Film Festival. The festival takes place from May 13 to 15, 2010.

“It’s a great place to mingle,” is one of the things filmmakers and festival goers alike have to say about the Tupelo Film Festival. Established in 2004, the festival combines a beautiful setting, Southern Hospitality and world-class film screenings and workshops. And each year the festival brings together dozens of films and hundreds of film fans from around the world. In addition, the festival aims to be a centerpiece in the Tupelo Film Commission’s goal of fostering a vibrant film community in Northeast Mississippi.

The Tupelo Film Festival has grown from a national to an international film festival offering diversity in film screenings. It is indeed an event filled with fun, education, social activities, great food and excellent film screenings.

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 Newport Beach Film Festival

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

NewportBeach

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 11th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival. The festival takes place from April 22 to 29, 2010.

The Offering will screen on April 25 at the Edwards Islands 2 Cinema inside the Fashion Island Mall during the A Short Toon Up program that begins at 7:15. For directions and to purchase tickets, please visit the Festival website. Film Director Michael Huber, will attend the screening and participate in the Q&A session following the screening.

The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works of both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, independent spirit and vision of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions into all aspects of the Festival, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.

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 Tiburon Film Festival

Friday, January 15th, 2010

ProjectX_JungleMaiden

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

Cogswell Faculty Spotlight – Michael Huber, Digital Art & Animation

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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Michael Huber

Assistant Professor Michael Z. Huber is a computer graphics animator and effects supervisor, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in the Arizona desert and raised in the Silicon Valley, he is the product of an engineer father and an artist/actress mother. It seems only fitting that his line of work involves the marriage of art and technology on a daily basis.
Michael’s interest in animation began while attending film school in San Francisco, where he studied stop motion animation, cinematography and film production. He eventually transferred to San Jose State University, where a new program called CADRE (Computers in Animation, Design, Research and Engineering) was introduced, which was one of the first places to study computer animation. He furthered his own education by investing in animation software, called HASH, and continued to teach himself enough computer animation to start a freelance animation company, called Gravity 3D.

Having been in the visual effects industry since 1994, Michael’s freelance projects for commercials and videos eventually led to major motion picture and video game projects. He has worked on over fifteen feature length films and has been fortunate enough to work for directors such as Wolfgang Peterson, Luc Besson, Ridley Scott, Roland Emmerich, Michael Bay, and Steven Spielberg.

What classes do you currently teach?

Currently I am teaching advanced classes in computer character animation {part of the Digital Art & Animation program). Also I head up the Project X production group. In Project X we create short films for film competitions.

Do you have a favorite class to teach? If so, why?

I enjoy teaching period. When I see someone grow or that light bulb turn on over someone’s head that is very gratifying. But if I had to pick one I would say the Project X, as it’s really the most creative environment for the students to grow in.

Have you worked for non-academic companies in the past? Which ones? How did that experience make you a better teacher?

Yes, I have been all over the map as far as entertainment is concerned. I have worked for video game, visual effects, and broadcast companies alike. To name a few I worked at Electronic Arts as a Lead Artist, Disney Feature Animation as an animator and Art Director, and Digital Domain as a Technical Director. And that is just a few of them. And yes the more experience you have outside of academia the more of a holistic approach you will be able to bring the to the teaching table, it’s pretty simple.

What made you decide that you wanted to teach?

Not what you would expect. I had a death in the family and it made me realize that I wasn’t doing what I really wanted to do. Furthermore the industry is so fast paced that I had to slow down or I would be in for some serious health problems for myself. Teaching seemed like a way to slow down. Ironically it’s just as difficult. I think any job can have its challenges if you care about it.

What projects have you worked on in the past? What was your role in the project?

Well going backwards I have worked on Tiger Woods PGA tour 2005, 2006, and the 2007 versions, also The Godfather video game as Lead Lighter. For films I played a large role on the Roland Emerichs version of Godzilla as Senior Animator. Also the last two Matrix Films, Black Hawk Down, Armageddon, Poseidon, Titanic, Blade two and three, Minority Report, and there are several others. It’s funny but the work has been so fast paced and hectic that I can’t remember half of the films I have worked on sometimes.

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