Posts Tagged ‘Worlds Apart’

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

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

Worlds Apart Set to Screen at the Miami Short Film Festival

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Miami Short Film Festival

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 10th Annual Miami Short Film Festival. The festival takes place from November 14 to 20, 2011.

The Miami Short Film Festival (MsFF) is celebrating 10 continuous years of bringing excellent cinema to South Florida. MsFF is ready to have the 2011 festival become one of the biggest events of the year! In keeping true to its mission and philosophy that today’s short films lead to tomorrow’s world-renowned filmmakers, the 2010 MsFF lived up to its promise to continue to support local and international filmmakers.

This year the festival received over 800 submissions from all over the world including Japan, Australia, Iran, Sweden, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Venezuela to name a few. Just under 70 films were selected for screening.

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

Private Screening Went Swimmingly

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Hey everyone! Sorry my reply came so late. It’s been a busy week and I have some great things in store for you in the coming days.

What I wanted to tell you today was how great the private screening of Worlds Apart went. The night started out with a meet and greet with some snacks. As soon as Chuck (our Chancellor) took the stage you could tell that everyone was clinging to their seats with anticipation. After Chuck spoke, he invited a couple more people up to say a few words, one of which was the Director of Worlds Apart, Michael Huber. Mike talked about the process of making the film a bit and then had a few of the project leads come up and talk about their experiences on working on the film.

After the talking was done, Michael Huber introduced the film and the lights faded down. I wont say too much about the film because I’m really not supposed to, but I will say that what I saw was amazing and I couldn’t believe it was student work.

The impression that I got from around the room was that everyone’s reaction was similar to mine, astounded. After the film was finished Chuck opened the floor to questions and everyone stuck around to talk to the crew.

It was a very magical night overall and I am sure this film will take the festivals one by one.

-Zombie

Cogswell Hosts Private Screening of Worlds Apart

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Worlds Apart - Project X

Hey everyone!

I just had to let you know about this really interesting upcoming event. I just found out that Cogswell is going to be having a “private, by invitation only” screening of the newest Project X film, Worlds Apart. The rumor going around campus is that there might be some really cool industry professionals coming to check it out and tell the school what they think.

I’ll tell you what, I will update you tomorrow about what I can find out. I got invited to go see the movie so I’ll have the inside scoop. Be sure to check back tomorrow night!

And if you haven’t already, check out the trailer for Worlds Apart here.

-Zombie

Worlds Apart Set to Screen at the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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 6th Annual Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival. The festival takes place from September 29 to October 2, 2011.

Project Twenty1 runs the festival and its mission is to Exhibit, Promote, Inspire, and Connect people through film and animation. Project Twenty 1 focuses on helping artists and filmmakers turn their passion into a career.

Its two largest programs, the 21 Day Filmmaking Competition and the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival, have become exciting annual events for the Philadelphia filmmaking community. The Festival’s educational and internship programs help aspiring artists develop their creative skills while simultaneously preparing them for the business realities of work in the industry.

The Festival hosts programs in the Greater Philadelphia area that attracts participants from all over the world. It creates a network of support, promotion and distribution through which motivated filmmakers and artists can get their work seen internationally. In the process festival-goers have the opportunity to witnesses the birth of exciting new careers and truly original and entertaining films.

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 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.”

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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