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Bay Area ABC News Features Cogswell's Animation Program

Cogswell College is the tiny College that's having a big impact on the animation industry through its unique Project X program. On February 29, Don Sanchez from the Bay Area ABC News station, visited Cogswell and filed this report.

Project X is the brainchild of faculty member, Michael Huber, who thought that since Cogswell had all the components to create a professional-quality studio within the school, we should do it. Project X is made up of teams of talented artists and sound designers who work together over 18 months to create a short animation that is then submitted to film festivals around the world.

So far the results have been impressive for each of the two films produced by the class. The first film, The Offering, was an official selection of 25 Film Festivals while the second, Worlds Apart, still at the beginning of the submission process, has already been invited to screen at 19 festivals and has won 6 awards.

As a testament to the quality of the work produced by Project X, Stephanie Yuhas, the Co-Founder of Project Twenty1 and the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival, said this about Worlds Apart:

"I'm blown away by the level of work coming from Cogswell College and greatly admire the mission of Project X. We've been running this festival since 2006, and I've never seen a film or animation come through our juries or screening panels of dozens of people with a "perfect 10" in every category. In other words, in our total library of about 650 films, some of which are features that have now received worldwide theatrical distribution, the student short "Worlds Apart" has received the highest scores. Whatever you're doing over there in Sunnyvale, California - keep doing it; our audiences want more!"

Graduates of the Project X program are working at Rhythm & Hues, DreamWorks, Luma Pictures, Nickelodeon, Zynga, Crystal Dynamics, Toon Boon and Nvidia among others as artists, animators and technical directors.

The Project X class is already busy at work on film number three and the buzz around campus is that this film promises to be even more compelling and technically excellent than its predecessors.

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March 01, 2012