Locktix Visits DPA

Gresham Lochner, Owner and Executive Producer of Locktix Visual Effects in Los Angeles, made a visit to DPA to meet with students, faculty, and staff to find out what the program has to offer. [more]

Photo Credit: Justin Kern

DPA Alum Justin Kern wins big with Big Hero 6

Congratulations to DPA Alum Justin Kern (2012), currently with Walt Disney Animation Studios, for his work as a Technical Director in VFX on the movie "Big Hero 6" which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film at 2015 Oscars.

New Animated Short "Peanut Butter Jelly"

The new animated short Peanut Butter Jelly, directed by DPA student Alex Beaty, has now been completed. Click here to watch it on Vimeo or view the news story by WSPA News Channel 7 here.

DreamWorks Summer Project

This summer, nine DPA students will participate in a ten-week intensive production event in which they will create a short film under the mentorship of top supervisors from DreamWorks Animation.

Save the date: SIGGRAPH Reception

Join DPA faculty, staff, students, alumnus, and industry friends, as we gather for a fun evening of fun, food, drinks, and networking at our Reception on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 6:00-10:00 pm at the Tom's Urban LA Live, 2nd Floor Lookout Lofts, 1011 S. Figueroa St. B 101, Los Angeles, CA 90015 PHONE: (213) 746-8667.

Student Awards

Congratulations Gina Nearing & Alex Beaty for winning the 2015 Outstanding MFA Student in Digital Production Arts award. The School of Computing Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, April 3, 2015 @ 4pm in 119 McAdams.


DreamWorks Animation Visits DPA

Grazia Como, University Relations Manager, and Jeff Budsberg of DreamWorks Animation, join DPA students in a presentation of DreamWorks company overview session on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Robert Geist Brings Imagination to Reality

"Robert Geist, Ph.D., and his Digital Production Arts (DPA) graduates show us what we can only imagine. Whether in award-winning films, computer games, NASCAR racing or environmental research, Geist’s work earns honors from the Academy, industry and the arts." Read more at Clemson Newsstand.

DPA at SIGGRAPH 2014 Vancouver

Faculty, staff, and students from Clemson’s Digital Production Arts MFA program had a strong presence at this year’s SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, BC Canada in August. Student movies Robo+Repair and QA-ARM-A were accepted to Digital Dailies, where QA-ARM-A won second place. DPA is looking forward to participating at SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles!

DPA Students Selected for DreamWorks Effects Challenge 2014

Three Clemson DPA students, Mandy Morland, Zhaoxin Ye, and Anuradha Pinisetty were selected for the DreamWorks Effects Challenge 2014. This is a highly competitive program, typically selecting five to six students from around the world. Additionally, Alex Beaty was offered an internship with DreamWorks this summer. This has been an amazing year for DPA with DreamWorks!

DPA Students Attend ECGC 2014

DPA students attended ECGC (East Coast Game Conference) in Raleigh, NC on April 23-24, 2014. Students also got a special day-long tour of Ubisoft Red Storm Entertainment in Cary, NC. The East Coast Game Conference, the largest gathering of video game professionals on the East Coast, provides video game professionals, academics and industry with an engaging program and opportunities for networking and collaboration.

Summer 2014 Internships

Kevin Boggs worked as a technical artist during his internship at Electronic Arts Tiburon in Orlando, FL; Alex Beaty worked as a rough layout artist at DreamWorks Animation; and Jordan Gestring worked at Weta Digital in Wellington, New Zealand. Read the [abstract] from their talk in September 2014.

Kacey Coley Receives "Outstanding MFA Student in Digital Production Arts" Award

Congratulations to DPA MFA student Kevin "Kacey" Coley for receiving the Outstanding MFA Student in Digital Production Arts award at the School of Computing's annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 4th, 2014. Kacey is in his final year as a DPA student, graduating May 2014. Kacey and other Masters and PhD award recipient students in the School of Computing received plaques and monetary awards to honor their accomplishments.

PhD Graduate Dr. Jay Steele Credited in Academy Award Winning Movie "Frozen"

Congratulations to Dr. Jay Steele, a 2009 Clemson University PhD Computer Science graduate for being credited in the Oscar's Best Animated Feature Film, Disney's "Frozen" at the Academy Awards Sunday, March 2, 2014. His film credits were in the area of Animation Technology. Frozen is the same film for which Clemson DPA graduate Marc Bryant won a VES Award earlier this year. Frozen has also crossed the $1 billion mark for worldwide box office sales. This Oscar winning film is on track to be the highest grossing animated film of all time.

Photo Credit: Rene Macura

Marc Bryant, DPA Alumnus, receives Visual Effects Society award

Congratulations to Marc Bryant, 2003 DPA grad, for winning Visual Effects Society's (VES) "Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture" award for the Academy Award winning movie "Frozen", specifically for his work on Elsa's Blizzard. (Photo credit: Rene Macura)

DPA 8600 Students Complete the Short Film "Alien Oasis"

The Alien Oasis student team production project began in the spring of 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Davis and Mr. Donar. Under the direction of Dr. Tessendorf, the students retooled the project beginning in August in the style and workflow of the 2013 summer Dreamworks projects. The current version is visually complete but is silent, as the soundtrack is still in production. [more]


Dr. Donald House and Dr. Joshua Levine Visit Four Universities in China

Dr. Donald House and Dr. Joshua Levine recently returned from a two week trip to China and Hong Kong, Nov. 16 through Nov. 30, 2013. Besides attending the SIGGRAPH Asia Conference in Hong Kong, they were able to make presentations at five universities promoting research and academic programs in the School of Computing at Clemson. Visits included Hong Kong University, and City University in Hong Kong. Traveling to Mainland China after SIGGRAPH Asia, they visited Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Shandong University in Jilin, and Tsinghua University Beijing. [more]

DPA Students Mentored by Supervisors from DreamWorks Animation

The summer of 2013 was a time a growth for students and for the DPA program. Ten students participated in a ten-week intensive production event in which they created two short films under the mentorship of top supervisors from DreamWorks Animation. The students worked in the studio 100+ hours per week, reviewed progress with the mentors, and created polished films that demonstrate quality and craftsmanship.

DPA Alum Nick Kinerd Helps Bring Virtual Reality to the Upstate

DPA graduate Nick Kinerd is the Lead Artist at IVC Greenville (Interactive Visualization Center). IVC "designs custom simulation and 3-D modeling software, and also sells systems to organzations who will use them frequently and want their own in-house. Last month IVC Greenville added telepresencing to its list of available services..." [more]

Yujie Shu Receives "Outstanding Masters Student in Digital Production Arts" Award

The School of Computing hosted its annual Honors and Awards Ceremony Friday, April 5th, 2013. School of Computing faculty nominated graduate students for awards in masters and Ph.D. programs. The School of Computing faculty voted on final award recipients in early February. Students received plaques and monetary awards to honor their accomplishments. Yujie Shu received the award for Outstanding Masters Student in Digital Production Arts.

Best Animated Film from the Greenville International Film Festival

Congratulations to DPA students Ashley Anderson, Brooke Buckley, Tim Curtis, Mandy Morland, and Chris Thomas for winning the Glory Award and the Best Animated Film award from the Greenville International Film Festival (GVIFF) for the movie "Fire in the Water"! Students worked on the project as part of their classes toward the MFA in Digital Production Arts. Their animated short beat a competitive field of independent, animated short films from around the world. [more]

Jerry Tessendorf’s Water Simulation Software Has Major Impact on Film Industry

"Roll out the red carpet — an Academy Award winner is in town. If you’ve seen some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster films, chances are that you’ve seen the work of Clemson’s own Jerry Tessendorf. The director of Clemson’s Master of Fine Arts in Digital Production Arts (DPA) program, Tessendorf has made extensive contributions to the film industry with the development of his water simulation software. He received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement in 2008, and his software was used in the 2012 film Life of Pi, winner of the 2013 Academy Award for “Best Visual Effects.” " [more]


Photo Credit: Dreamworks Animation

DreamWorks Animation Visits DPA

Marilyn Friedman, Head of Outreach at DreamWorks Animation, joins DPA students in a presentation of DreamWorks company overview session on April 19, 2012.

Dr. Robert Geist receives R & D credit for his work on "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

DPA professor Dr. Robert Geist has received R&D credit in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" by Weta Digital. Dr. Geist spent 8 weeks of his Fall, 2011 sabbatical in Wellington, New Zealand, at Weta Digital, where he worked on normal map filtering techniques. "It was a wonderful experience! The people at Weta are terrific. I had a great time, and it caused me to completely change the contents of the graphics course I teach. I would go back and do it all again, if I could."

Academy Tech Council Selects DPA Student Yujie Shu for 2012 Internship Program

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected Yujie Shu, DPA student, to participate in summer internship at Industrial Light & Magic. The Academy-sponsored program is designed to provide real-world experience to students interested in careers in motion picture graphics, technology and research. [more]

"Wycinanki" Wins “The Best Animated Film” at the 2012 Greenville International Film Festival

Director Irena Rindos presented the film at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, April 25th as the first film to be screened at GVIFF in the history of the festival. Art Director Cory Buckley, accompanied by DPA Program Director Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, accepted the award at the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 28th. Wycinanki has been featured in over eight festivals across the U.S. including The Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, The 7th Annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, and the NC Family Film Festival where it won the award for the “Best Narrative Short.”


DPA Student Shirley Yu Named Women in Architecture's Featured Artist for 2011-12

"Each year, Women in Architecture selects a student artist as part of its outreach program. This year's selected artist is Clemson MFA student, Shirley Yu. Yu is a filmmaker working in various forms of media, including film, video, television, web and gaming. Her current work centers on establishing a new genre in nonfiction filmmaking that is part documentary, part art piece and part instructional. She believes in the power of collaborative art making, acknowledging that the future is a mix of analog and digital; image and text; art and craft." [more]

Making movies: When the Credits Roll

"If you’ve seen an animated feature film in the last few years, chances are there’s a Clemson [DPA] alumnus in the credits or at least behind the scenes. Tangled, A Christmas Carol, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Kung Fu Panda, Hop, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows (visual effects) … you get the idea. In fact, five Clemson digital artists were on the Rhythm & Hues team that won the 2008 Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects for The Golden Compass." [more]


Dr. Jerry Tessendorf Joins DPA

Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, formerly the Chief Graphics Scientist at Rhythm & Hues Studios, joins DPA in August 2010 as its Director. Dr. Tessendorf is also a Professor in the Division of Visual Computing within the School of Computing, where he teaches and does research in the area of physical simulation applied to the production of animation and special effects.


Photo Credit: IMDb, The Golden Compass

DPA Graduates Help Win the Oscar for Visual Effects

DPA graduates were part of a team that won the Oscar for Visual Effects for the movie “The Golden Compass.” The graduates (Rachel Drews, ’06; Marc Bryant, ’99; Wil Whaley, ’99; Josh Tomlinson, ’02; and Mikki Rose, '12) worked as digital artists alongside Rhythm & Hues’ visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer. [more]


John Kundert-Gibbs and Jerry Gardiner receive Best Animation Award

"Digital production arts director John Kundert-Gibbs and graduate student Jerry Gardiner received the Best Animation Award for Demons Within. Although a short animation, Demons Within contains graphic images that left a strong impression on its viewers." [more]


DPA Students Jeremy Hicks and Nicholas McElveen Help Create New Animated Tiger

DPA MFA students Jeremy Hicks and Nicholas McElveen help Clemson Athletic Department with selection of music and creating the movements for a new animated tiger at Clemson football games. [more]

McAdams Hall Addition

The School of Computing celebrates the newly extended and renovated McAdams Hall. "The addition comprises 24,000 square feet of new space and 11,000 square feet of renovated space, with more than $3 million in computer equipment and infrastructure. A burgeoning area of computer science, digital production arts (DPA) has expanded its studio space for major motion picture quality animation and effects, along with video editing and sound booths."


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