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The Offering is on Vimeo

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The Offering - Short Animated Film

Hey guys,

Just thought I would let you know that the first Project X film, The Offering, is now on Vimeo for everyone to see. This channel is going to be dedicated to the outstanding work of Cogswell students. And on that note, I will now link you to the beautiful piece of art and look forward to seeing many more amazing videos up on this Vimeo channel. See ya later everyone!

https://vimeo.com/36503176

-Zombie

The Offering – Online at last!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Cogswell Animated Short Online

Hello and good day to you all!

I have some really awesome news for you. The first Project X film, The Offering, has made its way through the film festivals and is now finally back home. Since this fabulous animated short is all done with its circuit, Cogswell has decided to place it online for all to see! It gained much acclaim and won many awards during its run. So, I hope you will all stand with me and congratulate The Offering on its success and head on over to watch it, I am just about to for the fifth time today!

The Offering: Click here to watch

-Zombie

Alumni Interview: Evan Clover

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Evan Clover of Luma Pictures

I would like to welcome everyone back to the blog. I hope you have been having a good week. I want to finish up the week with a really cool interview that I did with recent Alumni, Evan Clover. Evan works for Luma Pictures (a visual effects studio), as an animator. To give you a little background on Evan before we start, Evan worked on both Project X films; The Offering and Worlds Apart. He was an animator on The Offering and Animation Lead on Worlds Apart. Enough talk from me, let’s hear what the Clover guy had to say.

Zombie: Hey Evan, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. So we know that you worked on Worlds Apart, what were your responsibilities during the making of the film as Animation Lead? Also, how did you like the whole experience?

EvanAs Lead Animator of a 7 member team, my responsibilities in addition to animating were to work closely with our Director: Mike Huber, and Animation Director: Dave Perry. I would take notes, make suggestions, and make sure that my team was on top of things to keep us on schedule (of course they were, they were a great team), lest we incur the wrath of our Project Manager: Ivy Chien.

Zombie: Understood, “wrath” huh? It sounds like your manager knows how to crack the whip.

Evan: Yeah, haha.

Zombie: Did I hear a rumor that you…. umm ended up proposing to the Project Manager?

EvanYes. Ivy and I had been dating since before my time on The Offering. During our time on Worlds Apart, I asked her to marry me.

Zombie: That’s pretty cool! So now that we know all about your personal life, let’s get some details on your professional life. What have you been doing since Worlds Apart?

Evan: Well, as our production of Worlds Apart came to a close, I started sending applications out to numerous companies to see if I could land a job out in the industry. To be honest, there were some “no’s” and even an interview that resulted in “you’re not experienced enough,” but if Project X and my school taught me one thing, it was to persevere. Eventually I received a call from an effects house called Luma Pictures, asking me to please come down for an interview, so I drove down to Venice, and the next day was called back and offered a job. Since then, I have done work on Thor, Fright Night, X Men: First Class, In Time, and am currently working on Underworld Awakening.

Zombie: Those movies were great! So what were your roles on those films?

Evan: I am a Digital Animator.

Zombie: What kinds of things have you animated over the course of all the films you have worked on, including your own personal works?

Evan: In my experience as an animator, I have been able to animate a huge range of things, such as effects, various creatures, biped, quadruped, simple hard surface, and humanoid rigs. Oh! And floating alien scientists with robot arms……. and teddy bears.

Zombie: So pretty much everything? Is “everything” safe to say?

EvanHa! Not hardly, but I want to work with as much variety as I can in order to not be uncomfortable or inexperienced with anything, if that’s even possible.

Zombie: If you could work on any movie, for any company, what would it be?

Evan: ILM on the classic Star Wars in the 70′s, but that’s a completely different job. That would involve much more practical models and miniatures type stuff. Old-school effects work.

Zombie: Yeah, that would be a fun film to work on, Star Wars in its glory days. So i guess my last question to you is, how would you say that working on films like The Offering and Worlds Apart has helped you in your current professional career?

Evan: Well, I’d have to say that, over all the hard work, sacrifice, intense problem solving and long hours, in the end, our bond as a team and as friends has lasted long past our time at the college. As I made my way down to LA and the industry, I definitely was not alone, and definitely was not the first. Many of my friends from the projects now have successful careers at studios and the like. One of my close friends and roommates just did visual effects for The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary SymphonyAfter the projects I realized that we had our own network started before we even got here, and that means a lot as friends and colleagues.

Zombie: Yeah! I just did an interview with Josh Hodges. Wasn’t the Editor from Worlds Apart the Director and Producer of the The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony as well?

Evan: Yeah he was. His name is Jeron Moore, and is a close friend of mine down here in LA as well.

Zombie: That’s cool, I need to see if I can get an interview with him since all you guys are so close.

Evan: Yeah, I’ll talk to him and see if I can put him in contact with you.

Zombie: That would be great. Well thanks Evan, it was a treat to have you out and get to hear about your success so far.

EvanThanks, I had fun.

If you guys would like to see some examples of Evan’s personal work, head over to his Vimeo Account. Hope you enjoyed reading, see you all again soon.

-Zombie

Cogswell featured in Autodesk Education Reel

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Autodesk, the company behind 3d software such as 3ds Max and Maya, has released a reel including works from various student works. Cogswell’s The Offering, made in into the compilation!  Within the first 30 seconds of the video, you see a clip from the Cogswell short where the main character is dancing.  Don’t blink or look away, the pace of the video is rather fast.  The DVD of the reel will be released by February and will be distributed to the many clients of  Autodesk.

As the semester winds down, Cogswell’s ASB had the last all student meeting yesterday to wrap up any unfinished business. Some items to take note of:  ASB will be sponsoring a free movie night to see TRON: Legacy on December 17th; Fusion Awards Submissions will be due soon after the start of the next semester; and Graduation Applications for Spring 2011 will be accepted between January 17th and February 11th.

-Rachel

Radio returns to CPC!

Friday, November 5th, 2010

ONtheAir

Much to my delight, the CPC Radio Club is being ravamped!  Be prepared for some student shows coming to you via online streaming, and keep a heads up for a concert even that’s in the works.  It’s going to be EPIC and beyond your wildest dreams!  I remember the early days of CPC Radio when me and a handful of others were building it from scratch and learning all the tricks of the trade, in addition to some of the trials and tribulations… but we ironed out everything and really sunk our teeth into the lands of internet radio and self-produced concerts.

Also, there’s a pretty snazzy article in the current issue of Animation Magazine that tells the tale of Project X’s last film, “The Offering.”  I personally didn’t work on it, but a ton of my friends did, so I have to represent. :) Go read it, see the trailer, and get stoked!

Yosemite Film Festival Set to Screen The Offering

Friday, September 24th, 2010

YosemiteCogswell 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 Yosemite Film Festival. The festival takes place from October 29 to 30, 2010.

Founded by environmentally-aware, eco-friendly filmmakers, the festival’s mission is to bring all genres of progressive, eye-opening, independent cinema to Yosemite and to foster an appreciation and understanding toward the preservation and majesty of our natural world. Between screening amazing films and exploring some of the most famous landscapes in the world, your time spent with us at the Yosemite International Film Festival will be an experience to remember.

Highlights of the festival include an opening night party and filmmaker reception, screenings of Official Selections and award-winning films, exclusive Yosemite premieres, a screenplay competition, and the official closing day awards ceremony and filmmaker lunch. The 2010 festival will showcase feature films, shorts, foreign films, documentaries, animation, music videos, television pilots, an Environmental Filmmakers Showcase, experimental Films, a screenplay competition and more.

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

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

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