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The Art Institutes’ Grads: The Artists Behind Oscar-Nominated Films

By: Amanda Ray Filed under: Animation & Effects

February 24, 2015

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For graduates of The Art Institutes system of schools whose work was showcased in the 87th Annual Academy Awards®, the academy provided a résumé-building experience like no other. 

Check out the names of our graduates who worked on films including “American Sniper,” "Big Hero 6," “Interstellar,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” And if you’re a graduate who worked on an Oscar® nominated film, please contact us so that we can add you to this growing list!

Graduates of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh:

Michael Kaschalk, 1993, Associate of Specialized Technology, Visual Communication. Role and Film: Head of Effects,“Big Hero 6”

Graduates of The Art Institute of Portland:

• Ty Johnson, 2005, Bachelor of Science, Media Arts & Animation. Role and Film: 3D Modeler, “The Boxtrolls” 

Read our interview with Ty here.

Graduates of The Art Institute of California-San Diego, a campus of Argosy University:

Corey Bolwyn, 2008, Bachelor of Science, Media Arts & Animation. Role and Film: Character Technical Director, "Big Hero 6"

Graduates of The Art Institute of Vancouver:

 Zeljko Barcan, 2005, Diploma,Visual Effects & Digital Animation. Role and Film: Senior Effects Technical Director, “Interstellar”

• Matthew Williamson, 2010, Animation & Art Design Diploma. Role and Film: Animator, “Guardians of the Galaxy”

• Peter Dudley, 2007, Visual Effects & Foundation for Design Diploma. Role and Film: Digital Compositor “Guardians of the Galaxy” 

 Landon Bootsma, 2003, Visual Effects & Digital Animation Master. Role and Film: Digital Compositor, ”Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

• Devan Mussato, 2004, Visual Effects & Digital Animation Master Diploma. Role and Film: Rigger (Scanline), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

• Chris McIlveen, 2009, Visual Effects for Film & Television Diploma, Role and Film: Matchmove Artist (Scanline VFX), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

• Jessica Clifton, 2009, Visual Effects for Film & Television Diploma. Role and Film: Matchmove Artist (Scanline VFX), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

• Marco Cantaluppi, 2004, Visual Effects & Digital Animation Master Diploma. Role and Film: Digital Compositor, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

• Natalia Diaz, 2006, Visual Effects & Foundation for Design Diploma. Role and Film: Digital Compositor, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

 Evan Kwan, 2011, Visual Effects for Film & Television Diploma. Role and Film: Roto and Paint Artist, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

 Charles Lai, 2006, Visual Effects & Foundation for Design Diploma. Role and Film: Digital Compositor, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

• Blair Brownlee, 2009, Digital Film & Video Diploma. Role and Film: Production Coordinator, “American Sniper”

 Hanna Goodman, 2013, VFX for Film & Television Diploma. Role and Film: Compositor, “American Sniper” 

 Fredrick Lyn, 2013, 3D Modeling for Animation & Games Diploma. Role and Film: Lighting and Technical Director, “American Sniper”

• Stu MacRae, 2004, Visual Effects Digital Animation Master Diploma. Role and Film: 3D Animation & Visual Effects Artist, “Captain America” 

• Andy Man-Hin Wong, 2011, 3D Modeling for Animation & Games Diploma. Role and Film: Rotomation/Layout Artist, “Captain America” 

 Matthew Anderson, 2011, 3D Modeling for Animation & Games Diploma. Role and Film: CG Generalist, “Captain America” 

 Wade Wilson, 2007, Animation Art & Design and Foundation For Design Diploma. Role and Film: Senior Creature FX Technical Director, “Guardians of the Galaxy” 

 Kelvin Yee, 2008, Visual Effect & Foundation For Design Diploma. Role and Film: Lead Compositor, “Guardians of the Galaxy”

• Robert Kuhl, 2012, VFX for Film & Television Diploma. Role and Film: Junior Compositor, “Guardians of the Galaxy” 

 Alvi Roxas, 2009, 3D Modeling for Animation & Games Diploma. Role and Film: Production Coordinator, “Guardians of the Galaxy”

• Megan Wong, 2010, Digital Film & Video Diploma. Role and Film: Show Production Coordinator, “Guardians of the Galaxy” 

 Zachary Ng, 2008, Game Art & Design and Foundation for Design Diploma. Role and Film: Rotomation Lead, “Captain America” 

• Ximena Melendez, 1998, Digital Animation Master Diploma. Role and Film: Sequence Coordinator, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

• Curtis Tsai, 2006, Animation Art & Design Diploma. Role and Film: Production Manager, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

 Deanna Louie, 2004, Entertainment Business & Management Diploma and Certificate. Role and Film: Prodcution Coordinator/Associate Production Manager, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

• Warren Larkam, 2009, Independent Recording Arts Certificate. Role and Film: Junior VFX Coordinator, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”


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