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Corey Bolwyn, Character TD on Academy Award Winning Movie "Frozen," Shares FiveTips to Succeed in the Animation Industry

Corey Bolwyn, 2008 graduate, Bachelor of Science in Media Arts & Animation, The Art Institute of California-San Diego, as of 2012, a campus of Argosy University Character Technical Director, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Disney's Academy Award-winning best animated feature, "Frozen," has proven to be one of the most popular movies in recent history, opening with an unprecedented $67.4 million in box office receipts in its first 3-day weekend alone. Behind the scenes of animated movies is a large team, responsible for everything from storyboarding to animation to creating the final music mix. Corey Bolwyn, who in 2008 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts & Animation from The Art Institute of California-San Diego, made his mark on the film through his work as a Character TD.

Corey's work at Disney includes technical animation. He's also worked as a character FX artist for DreamWorks Animation, simulating both hair and clothes for digital characters.As a seasoned professional in the industry, Corey understands what it takes to be a success. He recommends that recent graduates and current students prepare for a challenging career-and one that is built upon respect. Corey's work philosophies are:

  • Have a great attitude at all times, be sincere, and take criticism well.
  • Dream big but be honest with yourself as you progress in your career. If you see strengths developing slightly different from your exact goal, don't be afraid to explore those areas.
  • Don't be upset if you can't cling to one company for the first few years. Moving from studio to studio helps to build experience, job titles, and compensation.
  • Listen and learn at first. Don't give notes on other people's shots until you know them well. Nobody likes it when new peopletells seasoned artists how to art direct shots.
  • Ignore complainers and gossips. Keep your head down and work hard.
  • Be willing to move to a new city to gain experience.

Corey adds that in his evolving profession, it's essential to keep learning in preparation for what's to come. He believes that the future of animation will include storytelling performances. "It's no longer a question of whether we can do this or that with the characters' clothing and hair. The new challenge is, can you take multi-layered effects and tell a story with them through their performance? The artist is going to have to deliver whatever style the art direction demands," he states.

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Congratulations to three Ai culinary alums on their 2014 James Beard Awards!
Chris Shepherd, Best Chef, Southwest
Jamie Bissonnette, Best Chef, Northeast
Eric Ferguson, America's Classics

Watch Chris & Jamie share their experience and knowledge they learned at Ai.

Tasting Table

Alumni Reconnect at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Reunion

A group of alumni, whose graduations spanned four decades, recently came home to Ai Pittsburgh for the college's first official reunion. Four traveled from out of state - Connecticut, Georgia, New York and Ohio. Participants represented *past and present programs: Graphic Design, *Visual Communication (now known as Graphic Design), Digital Design, *Fashion Illustration, and *Music & Video Business.

Activities included an open house with college tours, a trip to The Andy Warhol Museum, a catered dinner in the Ai Pittsburgh gallery, and a dance party in the Student Lounge, where they had the opportunity to meet current students. Alumni also shared their favorite memories about their alma mater and posed with the college mascot, Creation Rex.

The reunion is part of Ai Pittsburgh's Alumni Relations strategy to re-engage graduates - old and new. Ai Pittsburgh's next events are an Alumni & Student Show at the Pittsburgh Gallery Crawl and the annual Alumni Show and Reception in the college gallery.

Pittsburgh Reunion

Watch all 13 of our student & alumni designers' collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.



Alumni Connections

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Amy B. Tronolone, 2007 Graduate, Bachelor of Science degree in Photography, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Austen Adriaens, 2011 Graduate, Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design, The Art Institutes International Minnesota
Kishya L. Greer, 2005 Graduate, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, The Art Institute of Dallas

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