Posts Tagged ‘Worlds Apart’

Worlds Apart is Now on YouTube

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

For all of you who have not had the opportunity to see the second film produced by Cogswell’s Project X studio class, Worlds Apart, it is now on YouTube.  With an amazingly successful film festival run completed in late May, we are happy to make the film available to a wider audience.

By the way here are the results of the film festivals:

  • Official Selection = 46 festivals
  • Best Animation or Audience Choice Awards = 16
  • Screened in 20 different states including 17 different cities in California
  • Screened in 4 International locations including 3 different festivals in England
  • Congratulations to everyone involved in creating this outstanding piece!

Check out the video.

Jump Start Your Animation Mojo

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Cogswell College knows what it takes to take your talent from beginner to pro – but here’s a helpful article in 3D World Magazine with a few tips to help you decide if animation is the right path for you.

Their 10 tips include: the best use of your time (don’t waste time playblasting), how to approach each scene (treat each phrase like it’s own shot), dealing with facial expressions (it’s about motion not poses) and troubleshooting (bookend trouble spots).

It’s a challenge for artists to step back from their work and keep moving forward before each shot is perfect.

Check out the trailer from “Worlds Apart” an award-winning, short animation produced by Cogswell’s Project X class.

Worlds Apart Coming to a Screen Near You!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Worlds Apart is screening at the Palo Alto Film Festival this Friday!

If you haven’t had the chance yet to watch the second film to come out of Cogswell’s Project X class on the big screen, then opportunity awaits. Worlds Apart has been chosen by the following Film Festivals as an Official Selection.

Big Bear Lake Film Festival, Big Bear Lake, California

Dates: September 13-16, 2012

Winner – Best Animation

Screening Details

Palo Alto Film Festival, Palo Alto, California

Dates: September 27-30, 2012

Screening Information: September 28, at 6:30

Palo Alto Square Theater #2

Landlocked Film Festival, Iowa City, Iowa

Dates: October 25-28, 2012

Screening Information: Yet to be announced

Washington West Film Festival, Washington DC

Dates: November 1-4, 2012

Screening Information: Yet to be announced

River’s Edge International Film Festival, Paducah, Kentucky

Dates: November 1-4, 2012

Screening Information: Yet to be announced

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, England

Dates: November 8-11, 2012

Screening Information: Yet to be announced

Red Rock Film Festival, Zion National Park, Utah

Dates: November 8-17, 2012

Screening Information: November 16 at 4:45

Canyon Auditorium, Springdale

If you are near any of these locations, we hope you will show your support for the hard work and effort our students, under the direction of faculty member Michael Zachary Huber, put in to the production!

Beverly Hills and Newport Beach Film Fests

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Worlds Apart Crew at Newport BeachNewport Beach Film Festival (from left to right): Evan Clover, Josh Hodges, Jeron Moore

Worlds Apart Crew at Beverly HillsBeverly Hills Film Festival Awards Gala (from left to right): Josh Hodges, Evan Clover, Ivy Clover, Jeron Moore

Recently a few of our alumni attended two film festivals in southern California; The Beverly Hills Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival. Both festivals were very exciting, the gang started their weekend off with attending the screening the animated shorts portion of the Beverly Hills Film Festival and we happy with the way Worlds Apart was received by everyone. After that, they took off to the Newport Beach Film Festival to attend the Shorts for Shorties portion of the festival. The animation they saw there was astonishing in quality and said it will be tough competition.  They were invited to the front of the theater to answer questions from the audience and then hopped out to the red carpet for pictures. Finally their weekend concluded with the Beverly Hills Film Festival Awards Gala. They got all gussied up with their suits and skirts and arrived to rub elbows with other film makers and celebrities. The awards ceremony was very classy and there we tons of laughs. Worlds Apart did not walk away with an award but there was high praise among  attendees for the films high production value and story. The Project X crew was all in all very pleased with the festivals and the weekend they had.

We will let you know as soon as we hear back from Newport Beach if Worlds Apart won an award. Stay tuned!

-Zombie

Cogswell on CG Society

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

CG Society Article

Hey Everyone!

I wanted to bring you some really cool and exciting news that just came across my desk. You have all been seeing the success that the latest Project X film, Worlds Apart, has been seeing. A few of you have even seen how cool it is by having the privilege of watching the whole thing. This next bit of news is huge for Worlds Apart and for Cogswell..

Recently, a couple crew members from Worlds Apart contacted CG Society and inquired about getting the film featured on their site in some way. They never expected anything crazy, just a link, maybe a small summary on their list of animated shorts. After they send some material to the editor they couldn’t believe his response. He decided that he wanted to do a full 2 page article on the film!

If you don’t know who or what CG Society is, it is probably about time that you checked the site out. They are one of, if not the biggest, online CG Art and VFX websites in the world. They not only feature individual artists work but also professional studio work as well. They get thousands of hits on their site everyday and host some of the most beautiful cg art that I have ever seen. It is not only and honor to be featured on their site but a privilege and the crew of the film couldn’t be more happy.

If you want to check out the article and more about Worlds Apart, follow the link below.

http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/worlds_apart

Congratulations to the Worlds Apart crew! Hope you just as much success in your coming projects!

-Zombie

Cogswell in 3D World Magazine

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Cogswell in 3d World Magazine

Recently a couple members of the Worlds Apart crew reached out to 3D World Magazine to see if they would be interested in doing a story on the making of the film. The people over at 3D World loved what they saw and were very excited to do a story. The director of Worlds Apart, Michael Huber, got in contact after and went about answering all the questions they had for him and the crew.

The article full article is on sale now and I have the link to the short version right here: http://www.3dworldmag.com/2012/03/21/short-cuts-worlds-apart/

Cogswell is really proud of the Worlds Apart crew for getting accepted into 3D World Magazine. 3D World is one of the biggest CG Arts publications in the world and it is considered to be a great honor to be featured in such a prestigious magazine. Way to go Worlds Apart! Can’t wait to see what kind of attention the next Project X film gets!

-Zombie

Behind the Scenes of a Masterpiece!!!

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Huge News Everyone!!!!!

After the long wait, the Behind the Scenes feature of Worlds Apart is finally finished! Some of the crew talk about their experience on Project X and they all have amazing things to say. I wish I could work on a movie like this!

-Zombie

Worlds Apart Set to Screen at the Irvine International Film Festival

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Official Selction - Worlds Apart

Cogswell College is pleased to announce that Worlds Apart, an animated, short film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, is an Official Selection of the Irvine International Film Festival. The festival takes place from January 12 to 15, 2012.

The Irvine Film Festival (IIFF) celebrates the power of individual expression and diverse points of views. IIFF is dedicated to bringing to Orange County the finest films from around the world. Our objective for this competition is to promote and encourage screenwriters, directors, editors, cinematographers, producers, actors and all artists who use the language of film to express themselves. IIFF will offer a unique opportunity to view films that are rarely seen, to become familiar with global issues, enhancing public awareness and participation. IIFF is dedicated to bringing stories to our communities that challenge people in every part of the world, because films have the power to reach across cultures, languages, to influence millions of people in the language that everyone can understand.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class at Cogswell College that is run like a professional animation production studio using teams of skilled artists and sound designers. Students worked tirelessly for three semesters to produce a studio-quality short film. During production they are supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni. The two short animations produced thus far have won awards around the globe.

“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’s the best way to learn.”

LINKS:

Irvine http://www.irvinefilmfest.com/IrvineFilmFestival/Home.html

Cogswell College Film, Worlds Apart, Wins Best Animation at Miami Short Film Festival

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Best Animation - Worlds Apart

The 10th Annual Miami Short Film Festival honored 12 films during its November 19 Red Carpet Award Ceremony. Worlds Apart received the nod for Best Animation. Cogswell College faculty, David Perry, was on hand to receive the trophy and extend thanks for this recognition of the hard work that went into creating the film.

Part science fiction and part cautionary fairytale, Worlds Apart explores the universal themes of stewardship of nature and the fate of humanity. Worlds Apart asks the question, “Can humanity change its ways and save itself?” The film is a production of the Project X class at Cogswell College. Watch the trailer.

The Miami Short Film Festival award recipients are determined by a jury of 28 influential personalities from the world of film and art. This year’s Festival welcomed more than 80 films from 39 different countries. Each film was judged on originality, cinematography, storytelling, use of the medium, production value, editing and film as art.

Past award winners have achieved significant success, including Grisen, nominated for an Oscar in 2009; Frankie, which won the European Film Award for Best Short; Down In Number 5 which won a Student Academy Award in 2010 and most recently God of Love an Oscar-winning short.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class at Cogswell College that is run like a professional animation production studio using teams of skilled artists and sound designers. Students work tirelessly for three semesters to produce a studio-quality, short film. During production they are supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.

LINKS

Miami Film Festival http://www.miamishortfilmfestival.com/

Worlds Apart Wins Honors at Encounters Film Festival, UK

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

2011 Winner

Worlds Apart, a short, animated film produced under the umbrella of the Project X class, faced its toughest jury yet. The Encounters Film Festival visited 20 schools in Bristol to present a special screening of this year’s nominees for the Children’s Jury Award to hundreds of children. After the screening the students voted for the short film they liked best.

And the envelope please – Worlds Apart wins the Children’s Animation Jury Award! Film Director and Cogswell faculty, Michael Zachary Huber, was on hand to accept the award.

“The award is regarded as one of the best awards to get at the festival,” said Huber, “because these young judges are so brutally honest and free of bias. At the Awards Ceremony where they also showed the film, people in the audience were wiping their teary eyes right after it screened.”

All Official Selections under 15 minutes long and deemed suitable for young audiences over 7 years of age are entered in this competition. These films demonstrate how animation is a great way to tell stories visually; in ways that require little or no spoken language.

Part science fiction and part cautionary fairytale, Worlds Apart explores the universal themes of stewardship of nature and the fate of humanity. Worlds Apart asks the question, “Can humanity change its ways and save itself?” Watch the trailer.

Encounters Bristol International Film Festival is the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival. The festival presents one of the world’s best-known showcases and meeting points for emerging talent, and seeks to promote the importance of short film as a means to develop the next generation of filmmakers and animators. Of the more than 1,800 films submitted to the festival only a tenth of those made it through to the festival competition.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class at Cogswell College that is run like a professional animation production studio using teams of skilled artists and sound designers. Students work tirelessly for three semesters to produce a studio-quality, short film. During production they are supported by a massive collaborative effort from faculty, staff, visiting artists, industry professionals and alumni.

LINKS:

Encounters Film Festival http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk/encounters-2011-awards.html