CULVER CITY, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven new educational
institutions have been accepted into Sony Pictures Imageworks' Professional
Academic Excellence (IPAX) program, it was announced today by the company's
president, Tim Sarnoff.
After a rigorous review process, Imageworks is proud to admit the
following schools into the program, including, for the first time, two
-- Brigham Young University
-- California State University Northridge
-- Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg
-- Linkopings Universitet
-- New York University
-- School of Visual Arts
-- Texas A&M University
These new schools join Animation Mentor, Carnegie Mellon University,
DePaul University, Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT), Otis College of Art and Design, Pratt Institute,
Ringling College of Art + Design, Stanford University, University of New
Mexico and University of Southern California Arts in the growing IPAX
"With the addition of these seven new schools, we are excited that the
IPAX program continues to follow its original goal of helping educate the
educators which in turn helps students excel," said Sarnoff. "We are very
proud to have initiated the program just three years ago, and have already
seen a lot of interest worldwide. These new schools have proven themselves
through their educational programs to consistently produce some of the most
respected artists in our field. We are looking forward to continuing to add
schools to the IPAX program and to expand its offerings."
Spearheading the IPAX initiatives is Imageworks' executive director of
training and artist development and IPAX Chair, Sande Scoredos.
"Interest in IPAX has been extraordinary from both the domestic and
international academic communities and we were honored to receive a record
number of submissions this year from the best institutions in the world,"
said Scoredos. "With so many exceptional schools eager to participate in
the IPAX program, you can imagine how difficult it was to select a limited
number of schools for membership this year when they all have excellent
programs, brilliant faculty and talented students."
Scoredos continued, "Expanding the program to eighteen to include
international institutions was something new for IPAX and all the schools
that applied for membership were quite extraordinary. Our two new
international institutions, in addition to our five additional domestic
schools, expand our vision to create a unique global program to bring
together the strongest programs in animation, visual effects, technology,
computer science and production management."
Barry Weiss, senior vice president of animation and artist development
and Chair of the IPAX Collaboration Initiative, continues to explore how
these diverse IPAX schools can work together to develop cooperative and
collaborative programs. IPAX continues to evolve as a key component of
Imageworks global production, artist development and artist retention
"The idea of encouraging our IPAX schools to connect and network with
each other is something that we feel very passionately about as a major
strategic advantage for Imageworks," said Weiss. "IPAX benefits Imageworks
and our educators as we all prepare the next generation of visual effects
artists, software engineers and animators."
Imageworks created the IPAX program in 2004 to connect teaching faculty
with industry professionals and guide curricula at the country's leading
academic institutions in an effort to further develop future talent who
will contribute to the overall growth of the visual effects and animation
industry. IPAX is a program designed to share, extend and expand the
Imageworks knowledge base by providing fellowships to teaching faculty of
IPAX member schools, attend in-house training programs, and participate in
a working production environment on-site at Imageworks. IPAX fellows return
to the classroom with real-world production experience and the ability to
identify, inspire and recommend future talent for our industry.
The IPAX program also offers a yearly review of curricula to help
update teaching faculty and ensure that students are exposed to the latest
developments in technology and techniques used not only at Imageworks, but
throughout the visual effects and digital animation industries. In
addition, Imageworks offers fellowships, scholarships and internships to
IPAX members to provide the opportunity to integrate faculty into the
Imageworks production environment, attend guest lectures and training
sessions, and advise member schools on course content.
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SPIDER-MAN(TM) 2 and the CG animated short film THE CHUBBCHUBBS!. Most
recently, SURF'S UP was nominated for this year's Academy Award for Best
Animated Feature. In 2007, two of Imageworks' projects, the all-CG animated
feature MONSTER HOUSE and SUPERMAN RETURNS, were nominated for Academy
Awards in the Best Animated Feature and Outstanding Achievement in Visual
Effects respectively. With those two nominations, Imageworks became the
first studio to be recognized in the same year in these distinct areas, an
indication of the diversity and quality of the company's capabilities.
Other Oscar(R) nominated projects include THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE
LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, SPIDER-MAN(TM), HOLLOW MAN, STUART LITTLE
and STARSHIP TROOPERS, for a total of nine nominations.
Imageworks most recently completed projects include SPEED RACER,
BEOWULF, also made in 3D stereoscopic, and I AM LEGEND.
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