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Journey to the Red Carpet

The work of Academy Art University alumni is showcased in 20 nominated films across 16 award categories, including Animated Feature Film, Animated Short Film, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects and more. Our former students played a role in many of 2016’s standout films including Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Hacksaw Ridge and Moana.


Excellence in Animation & Visual Effects

The success of our graduates was perhaps most felt in the category of Visual Effects, where nominated films involved the contributions of former Academy students, including graduates of the School of Animation & Visual Effects and animators Jorge Ruiz Cano and Mark C. Harris. Cano worked on Moana and Zootopia, both of which are nominated for best Animated Feature Film. Harris co-wrote Borrowed Time, the powerful and dark animated short created by Pixar animators as a side project.

And the Nominees are...

13 Hours
Natapon Huangsakuncharoen ’09 ANIM & VFX
Senior Creature TD
Industrial Light & Magic
Borrowed Time
Charlie Ramos ’91 ILL
Layout Artist
Pixar Animation Studios
Deepwater Horizon
Abalone Hall ’11 MPTV
Feature Finishing Associate Producer
Company 3
Doctor Strange

Yunmi Ahn ’04 ANIM & VFX
Sr. Roto Artist
Method Studios

 

Maragot Bodharamik ’07 ANIM & VFX
Animator
Industrial Light & Magic

 

Joseph Cavanaugh ’03 CA
Head of FX Council
Sony Pictures Imageworks

 

Chih-Wen Huang ’15 ANIM & VFX
Model/Texture Artist
Luma Pictures

 

Nicholas Kim ’04 ANIM & VFX
Compositor
Method Studios

 

Heath Kraynak ’91 ADV
Senior Compositor
Industrial Light & Magic

 

Ryan Lang ’09 ANIM & VFX
Concept Artist
Marel Studios

 

Kyoungsoo Min ’14 ANIM & VFX
Hard Surface Model/Texture Artist
Luma Pictures

 

Mohammad Modarres ’14 ANIM & VFX
Model/Texture Artist
Luma Pictures

 

Dan Nguyen ’14 ANIM & VFX
Roto/Paint Artist
Luma Pictures

 

Rebekah Noulles ’10 ANIM & VFX
VFX Production
Industrial Light & Magic

 

Mauricio Valderrama ’08
Senior Compositor
Method Studios

 

Evan Wen ’12 ANIM & VFX
Compositor
Method Studios

 

Mingquan Zhou ’12 ANIM & VFX
Character TD
Method Studios

Fantastic Beasts

Brandon Blevins ’11 ANIM & VFX
Senior Compositor
Rodeo FX

 

Soomin Chon ’13 ANIM & VFX
FX TD / Artist
MPC

 

Brooke Dibble ’12 ILL
Assistant Modeller - Props Modelling
Warner Bros.

Hacksaw Ridge
Mario Pace ’14 ANIM & VFX
Matte Painter
Lindeman and Associated
Hail, Caesar!
Karl Burian ’11 MPTV
Feature Film Assembly Editor
Universal Pictures
Hell or High Water
David Kim MPTV
VFX Producer
Vitality VFX
Kubo and the Two Strings

Gentry Davidson ’12 ANIM & VFX
Digital Paint Artist
Laika, Inc

 

Matthew Ellsworth ’09
Facial Animator
Laika

 

Daria Eremina ANIM & VFX
Jr. RP Rigger
Laika, Inc

 

Tina T Hsu ’09 ANIM & VFX
Rapid Prototyping QA
Laika, Inc

 

Dhanad Islam ’14 ANIM & VFX
Junior CG Modeler
Laika, Inc

 

Ovi Nedelcu ’99 ANIM & VFX
Story Artist
Laika, Inc

 

Desiree Ong ’13 ANIM & VFX
Art Department - Production Assistant
Laika, Inc

 

Tarek Saleh ’13 ANIM & VFX
Stereo Pain Artist
Laika, Inc

Moana

Sungjoon Bae ’15 ANIM & VFX
Lighting and Compositing Artist
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Youngjae Choi ’02 ANIM & VFX
Animator
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Serry DeLorme ’05 ILL
Senior Toy Designer
Jakks Pacific

 

Ryan Lang ’09 ANIM & VFX
Visual Development Artist
Sony Pictures Animation

 

Benjamin Min Huang ’03 ANIM & VFX
Senior Look Dev and Lighting
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Joey Ramos ’04 ILL
Sr. Designer
Jakks Pacific

 

Joey Shen ’04 ILL
Senior Toy Designer
Jakks Pacific

 

Richard Van Cleave ’05 ANIM & VFX
Character TD
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Shaofu Zhang ’10 ANIM & VFX
Animator
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Passengers

Eva Kristjans ’09 ILL
DMP Artist
MPC

 

Vijay Selvam ’02 ANIM & VFX
Lead Compositor
MPC

Piper
Charlie Ramos ’91 ILL
Layout Artist
Pixar Animation Studios
Rogue One

Maragot Bodharamik ’07 ANIM & VFX
Animator
Industrial Light & Magic

 

Cynthia Crimmins ’01 CA
Line Producer/Production Manager
Industrial Light & Magic

 

Bridget Dash ’07 ANIM & VFX
Recruiter
Industrial Light & Magic

 

Ellery Ortiz ’03 ANIM & VFX
Sr. Matchmove/Layout Artist
Industrial Light & Magic

 

Tzuen Wu ’05 PH
Senior Compositor
Industrial Light & Magic

Silence

Karl Burian ’11 MPTV
Associate Producer
Motive Creative

 

Phoenix Lee ’13 ANIM & VFX
Freelance FX Technical Director
Post Mango

Star Trek Beyond

George Antz ’06 ANIM & VFX
Previs/Postvis Lead
Paramount Pictures

 

Matthew Boston ’96 CA
Animator
Double Negative

 

Daniel Giron ’14 ANIM & VFX
3D Environment Artist
Atomic Fiction

 

Ingo Gudmundsson ’10 ANIM & VFX
Previs Artist
Proof Inc

 

Chen Kuang Hsu ’14 ANIM & VFX
Matchmove Artist
Atomic Fiction

 

Chih-Wen Huang ’15 ANIM & VFX
CG General Artist
Prologue

 

Melissa Huerta ’04 ANIM & VFX
Roto/Paint Artist
Kelvin Optical/Bad Robot

 

Lea Antonette Irianda ’15 ANIM & VFX
Production Assistant
Atomic Fiction

 

Byunggun Jung ’00 CA
Senior Lighting TD
Double Negative

 

Jeff Kim ’05 ANIM & VFX
Senior/Lead Animator
Double Negative

 

Chen Kuang Hsu ’14 ANIM & VFX
Matchmovie Artist
Atomic Fiction

 

Dan Kunz ’02 FA
Capture Supervisor
Double Negative

 

Jaymie Lam ’03 ANIM & VFX
Compositor
Double Negative

 

Patrick Louie ’10 ANIM & VFX
Compsitor
Atomic Fiction

 

Evangeline Torres ’13 ANIM & VFX
Junior Compositor
Atomic Fiction

 

Shaun Tsou ’15 ANIM & VFX
Compositor
Atomic Fiction

Suicide Squad

Teddy Cheong ’13 ANIM & VFX
Compositor
MPC

 

Soomin Chon ’13 ANIM & VFX
FX/TD Artist
MPC

 

Khizer Diwan ’11 ANIM & VFX
3D Digital Matte Painter
MPC

 

Namjin Heo ’12 ANIM & VFX
Digital Compositor
MPC

 

Seung Hoo Ihm ’08 ANIM & VFX
Senior Character Animator
Sony Pictures Imageworks

 

Nadezda Kuzmina ’10 ILL
Concept Artist
MPC

 

Amanda Pamela ’07 ANIM & VFX
Senior Compositor
Sony Pictures Imageworks

 

Foram Pardiwala ’13 ANIM & VFX
Digital Compositor
MPC

 

Ryan Saper ’13 ANIM & VFX
Modeler
Sony Pictures Imageworks

 

Barbaros Sarisozen ’11 ANIM & VFX
Modeler
Sony Pictures Imageworks

 

Ali Tezel ’06 ANIM & VFX
Senior Layout TD/Artist
Sony Pictures Imageworks

 

Robby Wong ’09 ANIM & VFX
Layout
MPC

Sully

Soomin Chon ’13 ANIM & VFX
FX TD / Artist
MPC

 

Vijay Selvam ’02 ANIM & VFX
Lead Compositor
MPC

The Jungle Book

Gak Gyu Choi ’10 ANIM & VFX
Modeler
Weta Digital

 

Eva Kristjans ’09 ILL
DMP Artist
MPC

 

Dan Kunz ’02 FA
Motion Editor/ Anmiator
Weta Digital

 

Andrew Leung ’02 ILL
Concept Artist
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Vijay Selvam ’02 ANIM & VFX
Lead Compositor
MPC

 

Roland Yepez ANIM & VFX
Senior Animator
Weta Digital

Trolls

Minyu Chang ’02 ANIM & VFX
Senior CG Modeler
DreamWorks Animation

 

Charles Ellison ’04 CA
Head of Modeling
DreamWorks Animation

 

Jonathan Gomez ’07 ANIM & VFX
3D Modeler
DreamWorks Animation

 

George Ho ’97 CA
Lighter
DreamWorks Animation

 

Patrick Johnson ’08 ANIM & VFX
Assistant to Producer
DreamWorks Animation

 

Anthony Meschi ’08 VIS
Stereoscopic Compositor
DreamWorks Animation

 

Brian Missey ’08 ANIM & VFX
Lead Character FX Artist
DreamWorks Animation

 

Andrea Pun ’03 CA
Senior Surfacing Artist
DreamWorks Animation

 

Scott Raymond ’07 VIS
Character Cycle Animator
DreamWorks Animation

 

Ann Sidenblad ’03 ANIM & VFX
3D Modeler
DreamWorks Animation

 

Nikhil Sinha ’11 ANIM & VFX
Image Finaling Lead
DreamWorks Animation

Zootopia

Katie Amanek ’11 PH
Production Office Manager
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

DJ Byun ’10 ANIM & VFX
Effects Animator
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Youngjae Choi ’02 CA
Animator
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Christopher Erickson ’13 ANIM & VFX
Lighting Artist
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Benjamin Min Huang ’03 CA
Look Development Supervisor
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Hiraoki Narita ’10 ANIM & VFX
Effects Artist
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Richard Van Cleave ’05 ANIM & VFX
Character TD
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Ryan Winch ’12 ILL
Character Designer
Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Shaofu Zhang ’10 ANIM & VFX
Animator
Walt Disney Animation Studios


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