"Curfew" Nominated for Oscar, Congrats To Faculty Thelia (Colorist)

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the short film Curfew, which has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Live Action Short category. Our faculty member, Jerome Thelia, was the colorist for the short film. You can see a trailer for this film, as well as the other nominees, and locations and showtimes on The Oscar Shorts website.

Thelia went over the unique film transfer and color grading process used on Curfew as a webinar which can be viewed here.

SVA Computer Art Alumnus Nominated for VES Award

The nominees for the 11th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards have been announced. Among those nominated for Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program is Shayne Ryan, 2008 BFA Computer Art alumnus. He is nominated for his work on the commercial Nissan Altima: Wouldn’t It Be Cool at Framestore NY along with Tim Borgmann, David Forcada, and Aron Hjartarson.

To see the official announcement and the nominees for other awards, visit the VES website. To see the commercial, visit Framestore's website.

2012 Alumna Sari Rodrig Screenings and Honors

2012 alumna Sari Rodrig has had great success with her thesis film Brother at film festivals and other competitions since graduating in May. Brother has received the following honors:

MetroCAF 2012, NYC ACM SIGGRAPH - Screened
SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival 2012 - Screened as part of Daytime Selects
CG Student Awards 2012 - Highly Commended
Blue Plum Film Festival 2012 - Screened
Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) 2012 - Semifinalist
Cal Shorts Film Festival 2012 - Screened
Feel Good Film Festival 2012 - Screened
Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival 2012 - Screened
Indie Memphis Film Festival 2012 - Screened
So Cal Film Festival - Screened

Congratulations Sari and let's hope for more to come!

Pixar Visits SVA, October 29th

Dreamworks & BFA Computer Art: Recap

This past Thursday, two representatives from DreamWorks visited SVA and the BFA Computer Art Department. In the first of two presentations, Tiffany Feeney, Outreach Supervisor from PDI DreamWorks, gave BFA Computer Art students an overview of DreamWorks Animation and talked about the skills and experiences necessary to work in the CG Animation field.

During the second presentation at the SVA Theatre, Patrick Hanenberger, Production Designer of their upcoming film Rise of the Guardians, spoke to a huge group of enthusiastic guests at the SVA Theatre. Patrick talked about the production process of the film and showed some behind-the-scenes footage. Thank you to everyone who came to these presentations and a special thanks to DreamWorks to flying out to SVA to talk to all of us!

Here are some pictures from both presentations:

Lucasfilm Visits SVA: Recap

On September 28th, SVA students gathered in the BFA Computer Art, Animation, and Visual Effects department to hear firsthand from Lucasfilm recruiter Ryan Howe about what it takes to make it as a designer or artist at Lucasfilm. Ryan discussed Jedi Academy, the California-based internship program, as well as job opportunities for Technical Artists, Animators, Concept Artists, Character Artists, and more. Students saw exclusive footage of Lucasfilm projects and process, heard job search advice from experienced Lucasfilm employees, and had all their questions answered by an experienced recruiter.

Jedi Academy is looking for summer interns in game programming and engineering, game art, R&D engineering, software engineering, information technology, web development and more. The internship program is paid and open to junior undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students. Applications open up in mid-December, so check out their website for all the details and for job opportunities, too!

2011 Alumni Accepted at YoungCuts Film Festival 2012

At this year's YoungCuts Film Festival, SIX featured films were by 2011 alumni from BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects. These films, along with all the other films accepted at this year's festival, are available for viewing on the YoungCuts website. The festival will also have a series of screenings at Condordia University in Montreal, home of YoungCuts.

The following films will feature during the 2012 Animation & Music Screening on Friday, October 12th at 3pm:

Bounty + Hunter by Eugene Chu
Hz by Seungmi Nam
King Killian by James McKenzie
Package Frank by David Chen & Carl Fong
Rabbitkadabra by Michelle Czajkowski, David Chen, Krzysztof Fus & Naomi Chen

Toast by Henry Jean has been selected as one of the festivals Top 10 of 2012 films and will be featured during their Grand rix (Best of) Screening on Saturday, October 13th at 9pm.

The YoungCuts Film Festival has also announced their Top 100 International Short Films of 2012 with several films by our alumni:

Bounty + Hunter by Eugene Chu
King Killian by James McKenzie
Package Frank by David Chen & Carl Fong
Rabbitkadabra by Michelle Czajkowski, David Chen, Krzysztof Fus & Naomi Chen
Toast by Henry Jean

Congratulations to our alumni whose films were accepted!

YoungCuts Film Festival is an event showcasing the best independent films by undiscovered talents. The Festival features short films produced by emerging filmmakers and serves as a launch pad for filmmaker careers. To learn more, visit their website.

Dreamworks at the SVA Theater, October 4th

Patrick Hanenberger, the Production Designer of Rise of the Guardians, will talk about the production process of the film and show some behind the scenes work. I've seen this presentation by Patrick, and it is a great look at their pipeline. This event will also require an RSVP to rsvpcd@sva.edu.

2012 Computer Art alumni have great success at MetroCAF 2012!

This year, the 10th edition of the NYC ACM SIGGRAPH MetroCAF, TWELVE out of the total 26 films selected for the festival were by 2012 BFA Computer Art alumni, and TWO of them received Special Recognition Jury Awards. The following films screened at FIT's Haft Auditorium this past Friday, September 28:

Eternity by Byung Hoon Han
Karma by Da Suel Kim & Yun Ah Oh
Distance by Sang Joon Kim
Still I Breathe by Sang Ho Lee & Zack Lydon
Agape by Ha Na Gill
Spacebunnies! by John Youlen Sung
Alka by Ieva Sauciunaite
Virtus Vitae by Lazslo Ujvari
Encounter by See Hun Jeon
Totem by John Paul Lavin
Brother by Sari Rodrig
Ramus by Chris DeVito & Danica Parry

A total of four Special Recognition Jury Awards were given this year and two of them were awarded to our alumni:

Still I Breathe by Sang Ho Lee & Zack Lydon
Ramus by Chris DeVito & Danica Parry

Congratulations to our alumni whose films were accepted to this year' s MetroCAF s award winners!!

To learn more about MetroCAF and for the official awards announcement, follow this link.

And here are some pictures of our alumni who attended the event:

Ieva Sauciunaite, left (creator of Alka), with her guy, right

John Youlen Sung, left (creator of Spacebunnies!), and John Paul Lavin Jr., right (creator of Totem)

Sari Rodrig, right (creator of Brother), who brought a prospective Computer Art student!