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Journey to the Red Carpet

The work of Academy of Art alumni is showcased in 16 nominated films across five award categories, including Best Animated Feature, Best Picture, Best Animated Short Film, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects. Our graduates played a role in many of 2017's standout films including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Beauty and the Beast, The Boss Baby, War for the Planet of the Apes and Coco.


Excellence in Animation & Visual Effects

As has been the case in recent years, the success of our alumni was very apparent in the Animated Film and Visual Effects categories, where former Academy students, including graduates of the School of Animation & Visual Effects and animators Dave Vasquez and Nicole Ridgewell. Vasquez worked on Blue Sky's Ferdinand as an animator and Ridgewell worked on Pixar's Coco.

And the Nominees Are...

Beauty and the Beast

Karl Lindberg '10 ILL

Senior Concept Artist/Associate Director

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Brooke Dibble '12 ILL

Assistant Modeller - Props Modelling

Shepperton Studios

Blade Runner 2049

Zuny Byeongjun An '13 ANM

FX TD

Double Negative

 

Yasemin Hepguler '10 ANM

Compositor

Double Negative

 

Hirofumi Kasagi '13 ANM

Effects TD/Lead Crowd Effects Artist

Atomic Fiction

 

Woei Lee '02 AMN

Composition Department Supervisor

Atomic Fiction

 

Foram Pardiwala '13 AMN

Digital Compositor

Framestore

 

Hyungrok Kim '13 ANM

General Artist

Double Negative

 

Phoenix Lee '13 ANM

FX/Crowd Technical Director

Framestore

 

Alfredo O. Arango '08 AMN

Matchmove - Tracking - Layout Artist

Double Negative

 

Dan Kunz '02 ANM

Shoot Supervisor

Double Negative

Boss Baby

Minyu Chang '02 ANM

Senior CG Modeler

Dreamworks

 

Charles Ellison '04 ANM

Modeler

Dreamworks

 

Jonathan Gomez '07 ANM

Character Generalist Technical Assistant

Dreamworks

 

George Ho '97 CA

Lighter

Dreamworks

 

Yogesh Lakhani '03 ANM

CG Supervisor

Dreamworks

 

Jaewon Lee '04 CA

Artist

Dreamworks

 

Kayanta Mahapatra ANM

Trainer

Dreamworks - India Unit

 

Mark Roennigke '03 ANM

Character Animator / Character Lead

Dreamworks

 

Malia Russel '04 ANM

Department Manager

Dreamworks

 

Nikhil Sinha '11 ANM

Image FinalingLead

Dreamworks

 

Randy Tecson '11 ANM

Image Finaling Artist

Dreamworks

 

Shannon Thomas '06 AMN

Modeler

Dreamworks

 

Shondra Verlander

Lead Lighter 

Dreamworks

Call Me by Your Name

Tyler Sturgulewski '11 MPT

VR Camera Tech/Digital Imaging Technician

Milk Studios

Coco

Amy Allen '09 ANM

Technical Director/Artist

Pixar

 

Mimia Arbelaez '03 ANM

Lighting Technical Director

Pixar

 

Kevin Chesnon '04 ANM

Animator

Pixar

 

Frank-Joseph Frelier '16  ANM

Executive Assistant

Pixar

 

Jenna Huerta '11 GR

Lead Graphic Designer

Pixar

 

Guilherme Jacinto '07 ANM

Animator

Pixar

 

Jae Hyung Kim '06 ANM

Animator

Pixar

 

Maria Lee '00 CA

Character Shader

Pixar

 

Ryan Lynch '09 MPT

Feature Film Fevelopment Manager

Pixar

 

Erin Onstine '07 ANM

Trereo Technical Director

Pixar

 

Nicole Ridgewell '15 ANM

Animator

Pixar

 

Joseph S '00 CA

Technical Director

Pixar

Dear Basketball

James Chul Rim '04 MPT

Audio/Music Engineering, Production & Sound Design

Freelance

Dunkirk

Matthew Boston '96 CA

Animator

Double Negative

Ferdinand

Scott Caroll '04 ANM

Supervising Animator

Blue Sky

 

Aimee J '04 VIS

FX TD

Blue Sky

 

Nimisha Kuar '15 ANM

Production Assistant

Blue Sky

 

Tamara Lusher Stocker '15 ILL

Freelance Storyboard Artist

Blue Sky

 

Anthony Merola '15 ANM

Production Assistant - Story

Blue Sky

 

Min Kin Park '17 ANM

Rigger Intern

Blue Sky

 

Daniel Paul '15 ANM

Character Animator

Blue Sky

 

Joon Song '01 ILL

Fur Technical Director

Blue Sky

 

Dave Vasquez '00 ANM

Animator

Blue Sky

Get Out

Zhe Chong '14 ANM

Lead Compositor

Ingenuity Studios

 

Gregory Harrington '16 ANM

Digital Compositor

Ingenuity Studios

 

Ruotian Ada Zhang

Compositor

Ingenuity Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Bo Hwang '14 ANM

Animator

Method Studios

 

Ambar Singh '15 ANM

FX Artist

Luma Pictures

 

Leonardo Pertuzzatti '13 ILL

Games and Trading Card Artists

Upper Deck

 

Ran Wang '16 ANM

Freelance FX Artist

Method Studios

 

Annalisa Torina ANM

Animation Department Coordinator

Method Studios

 

Timmons Sung '14 ANM

Matte Painter

Method Studios

 

Hemanth Kovvuri '12 ANM

Finaliing Artist/Stero Compositor

Stero D

 

 Anwei Chen '12 ANM

Production Coordinator

Lola Visual Effects

 

Evan Wen '12 ANM

Senior Compositor

Method Studios

 

Cynthia Crimmins '01 CA

Animation Department Manager

Framestore

 

Chirs Kenny '06 MPT

DigitalEffects Supervisor

Method Studios

 

Eric west '11 IND

Set Decoration Warehouse Manager

Marvel

 

Neil Safeer Ghaznavi '04 MPT

Senior Compositor

Scanline VFX

Kong: Skull Island

Natapon Huangsakuncharoen '09 ANM

Senior/Lead Creature TD

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Karl Lindberg '10 ILL

Senior Concept Artist/Associate Director

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Po Sing Chu -12 ILL

Concept Artist

MPC

 

Vaughan Smith '10 ANM

Creature Modeler

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Mario Pace '14 ANM

Matte Painter/Texture Artist

YU+CO

 

Behnam Shafiebeik '06 ANM

Creature Modeler

Industrial Light and Magic

 

David Gottlieb '99 CA

Lead Artist/Sequence Supervisor/Compositor

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Heath Kraynak '91 ADV

Digital Compositor

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Michael DeBeer '03 CA

Facial Performance Motion Capture Artist

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Panat Thamrongsombutsakul '05 

Creature Dev Artist

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Atsushi Kojima '06 ANM

Lead Animator

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Maria-Rose Payne '03 FA

Art Finisher

Titan Productions Australia

Lou

Trevor Tsung-Yin Hsieh '09 ANM

Animator

Pixar

 

Anthony Greenberg '99 MPT

Film Editor

Pixar

Loving Vincent

Elizabeth Szymczak '12 FA

Animator

Breakthru Films

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Christian Castaneda '17 ANM

Digital Compositor

Lucasfilm

 

Alex Prichard '01 FA

Associate Visual Effects Supervisor

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Dan Enstrom '05 ANM

Digital Compositor

Lucasfilm

 

Heath Kraynak '91 ADV

Digital Compositor

Industrial Light and Mafic

 

Teresa Pan '12 ANM

Housdini FX_TD

Industrial Liht and Magic

 

Ellery Ortiz '03 CA

Sr. Matchmove/Layout Artist

Industrial Light and Magic

 

Daniel Reneau '15 ILL

Freelance Illustrator

Topps

 

Siau Yene Ang

Digital Compositor/Senior Lighting Technical Director

Industrial Light and Magic

Natapon Huangsakuncharoen '08 ANM

Senior/Lead Creature TF

Industrial Light and Magic

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Dane Brehm '06 MPT

Digital Imaging Technician

Fox Searchlight Pictures

 

Karl Burian '11 MPT

Associate Producer

Motive Creative

War for the Planet of the Apes

Gak Gyu Choi '10 ANM

Senior Modeller

Weta Digital

 

Meghana Gupte '10 ANM

Animator

Weta Digital

 

Roland Yepez ANM

Senior Animator

Weta Digial

 

Jonathan Gomez '07 ANM

Motion Editor

Weta Digital

 

Behnam Shafiebeik '06 ANM

Creature Modeler

industrial Light and Magic

 

Scott Brisbane '03 ANM

Lighting TD

Weta Digital

 

AJ Briones '98

Previs/Postvis/VFX Supervisor

Halon

 

Sathyan Panneerselvam '05 VA

Lead Animator

Weta Digital


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