Alex Young with Sledgehammer Games visits DPA

DPA MFA alum Alex Young, Associate Outsource Integrator with Sledgehammer Games, visited DPA and gave an industry talk featuring Design and Surfacing Techniques for Game Assets in Substance Painter.

DPA Hosts SIGGRAPH Student Panel

DPA hosts Clemson Student Siggraph Chapter panel with speakers from Adobe Digital Studio, Clemson Makerspace, Clemson Immersive Space, Digital Interactive Arts Lab (DIAL), and Sunoco Institute.

Upcoming Summer 2020 Internships

Dr. Eric Patterson's PhD students, Xiang Li and Jessica Baron, have exciting internships coming up this summer--Xiang accepted a summer internship at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and Jessica accepted a summer internship with the rendering team for Unreal Engine as part of Epic Games in Larkspur, CA.


Seth Christie with Electronic Arts visits DPA

Seth Christie, the Supervising Technical Director on the Madden NFL project at Electronic Arts, and a MS CS alumni, visited DPA engaging in discussions with faculty and students. Seth also presented a talk on "Madden NFL: “Surprise Features” in Complex Code."

The Boy Who Cried

The Boy Who Cried, a short film by Dr. Eric Patterson and DPA alums Dan Hale, Evan Hicklin, Kunta Lowe, Paul Obeid, Mandy Smoak, Margaret Wages, and John Welter, was a finalist at The Oaxaca International Film Fest in Oaxaca, Mexico and screens again in October as an official selection in The Poe Film Festival in Virginia, and at The Orlando Film Festival.

Mocking Bird

DPA 8600 project, Mocking Bird, will be screening at the Reedy Reels Film Festival at the Peace Center this November. This is the 4th straight year DPA films have been accepted into a professional juried event with Clemson winning "Best Animation" for the past 3 years. [watch]

The Emmys

Congratulations to everyone Blur Studio, including DPA alum Alex Beaty, on their 2019 Emmys / Television Academy Award for Outstanding Short Form #Animation Program for the Netflix series, Love, Death + Robots!

Zucker Family Graduate Education Center

Clemson's primary graduate resource in Charleston, housed in the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center, boasts 20% increase in graduate student enrollment over last year.


Thank you to all alumni, faculty, and friends who came out to celebrate DPA's 20th anniversary reception at SIGGRAPH 2019 in Los Angeles. DPA's strong presence included a Capture Control session chaired by Dr. Sophie Joerg, and Practical Measurement and Modeling of Spectral Skin Reflectance poster session by Dr. Daljit Singh Dhillon. [view]

Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival

Congratulations to DPA associate director/professor Dr. Eric Patterson and students Dan Hale, Evan Hicklin, Kunta Lowe, Paul Obeid, Mandy Smoak, Margaret Wages, and John Welter for their short, The Boy Who Cried, being accepted to the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival! The film will also screen in June at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival in Wilmington, NC. [view]

Aquaman and Pokemon Detective Pikachu

DPA Alumna Jennifer Thompson worked as a lighting artist at MPC on the recently released #Aquaman film and on the upcoming release #Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

Love Death + Robots

DPA Alumnus Alex Beaty has worked in animation, layout, and as a director for Blur Studio where he worked on animation layout for the new Netflix series “Love Death & Robots.”

I Am the Night

DPA Alumnus Pratham Karnik is a compositor for Gradient Effects in Culver City, CA where he completed shots for the new TNT series “I Am the Night.”

Visual Effects Society Award Nominations

DPA alumns were nominated for Visual Effects Society awards: Edgar Rodriguez for Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature for Incredibles 2; Helen Parr; and Martin Furness for Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature for Smallfoot! [read more]

New VR and AR Devices at ZFGEC

DPA Student DN Cherry lead the charge that has resulted in IT Student Advisory Board extending financial support for purchase of Virtual Reality devices and Augmented Reality compatible devices for the Clemson’s Zucker Family Graduate Education Center (ZFGEC).

Global Game Jam

DPA hosts Global Game Jam, world's largest game creation event, in January at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in Charleston, SC.


South Carolina Underground Film Festival (SCUFF)

DPA student movie, Phooled, gets Honorable Mention at the South Carolina Underground Film Festival (SCUFF).

David Donar Wins at Reedy Reels Film Festival

DPA professor David Donar wins Animation Award for his film, Blue Note, at the Reedy Reels Film Festival. [more]

DPA Hosts Blue Sky Studios

Blue Sky Studios Production Engineer Rebecca Hallac, gave insights into Blue Sky's technical roles and pipeline. Mindy Berardini, Recruiter & Talent Development Associate, shared information on Blue Sky's internship program.

DreamWorks Visits DPA in Charleston

Representatives from DreamWorks Animation visited DPA's Charleston campus for student interviews and a company overview talk. [photos]


DPA once again had a great presence at SIGGRAPH 2018 in Vancouver, BC. Students and faculty visited Double Negative, held a reception, and gave presentations at the conference. [more]

DPA Alum Chris Doehling Wins ADDY Award

Carolina Magazine cover featuring DPA alumnus Chris Doehling's illustration, has won an American Advertising Award (ADDY). [more]

SkillzXchange Workshops

DPA kicks off another session of SkillzXchange workshops. [flyer]

Double Negative Visits DPA

DNeg's talent acquisition manager, Sinead Butler, and assistant technical director and DPA alumna, Gina Nearing, visited DPA and gave a talk including their current shows, breakdowns, and info on their work on "Pacific Rim."

DPA Alum Marc Bryant

Marc Bryant, who earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree at Clemson, is living the dream at Disney Animation. [more]


DPA Portfolio Day

DPA held a portfolio/open house in December which included student work displays, portfolio reviews, open discussions on academics and finances, and a reception. Photos from the portfolio day can be viewed here.

MechVR Paper Wins Presentation Award

Paper titled, "MechVR: A Physics-Based Proxy for Locomotion and Interaction in a Virtual Environment," won best presentation award at ACM's Motion in Games conference in Barcelona, Spain.

DPA Professor Wins Film Award

DPA professor, David Donar, wins animation award at the Reedy Reels Film Festival for his short, "Rail Road Bill." The video can be viewed here.

DreamWorks Visits DPA

Long time DPA collaborator, DreamWorks, once again visited DPA. DreamWorks talent development program manager, Grazia Como, gave a company overview, and DPA MFA alumnus, Wil Whaley, gave a talk titled "Technical Direction."

Digital Art and 3D Printing

Sculpting the future of 3d printing by DPA professor of practice, Insun Kwon. Read more.

DreamWorks Summer 2017 Program Short Films

Digital Production Arts releases two new short films, "Swept Up" and "Disposable," as part of the DreamWorks Animation Summer 2017 program where 12 DPA students participated in a ten-week intensive production event under the mentorship of top supervisors from DreamWorks. Watch the videos here.


Once again, DPA had a strong presence at this year's SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles, CA. Students visited DreamWorks where they introduced the two new shorts they worked on during this summer under DreamWorks mentorship. Dr. Ioannis Karamouzas presented a technical paper titled "Implicit Integration for Robust Collision-Free Crowd Simulation." Checkout our Facebook photo album for photos from SIGGRAPH.

New Master of Science in DPA Program

Digital Production Arts program is excited to kick off its new Master of Science degree starting fall 2017 semester. More information on the M.S. in DPA can be found at

DreamWorks Summer 2017 Program

DPA is once again excited to host the DreamWorks Summer 2017 program, a ten-week intensive production event, in which students will work under the mentorship of top supervisors from DWA and produce two shorts to be released end of the summer.

Pixar Animation Visits DPA

David Eberle, senior simulation software engineer at Pixar Animation Studios, visited DPA and gave a presentation on "Simulation at Pixar: Wrangling Newton's Second Law." The event took place the the Watt Family Innovation Center auditorium. [flyer]

Disney Animation Visits DPA

Jeff Gipson, lighting artist, and Jorge Ruiz, animator, at Walt Disney Animation Studios visited DPA and gave a presentation on "Information on Upcoming Projects, The Filmmaking Process, and Student Programs."

Sophie Joerg Receives NSF CAREER Award

DPA MFA professor, Dr. Sophie Joerg, receives CAREER award from the National Science Foundation on finger animation research, a new project that could lead to more realistic hand movements for animated movies, video games and a range of virtual reality simulations. Read more

DPA Alum Wins VES Award for Moana

DPA alum, Marc Bryant, wins the "Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature" award for his work on the movie, "Moana," at the Visual Effects Society Awards. See all winners here

Ultimaker 3D Printing

DPA MFA professor, Insun Kwon, has been selected as a pioneer educator for the Ultimaker 3D print. Read more


DPA in Charleston

Digital Production Arts M.F.A. program is now being offered in Charleston, SC beginning with fall 2016 semester. Students can choose to study in Clemson or Charleston campus, without having to travel between the two locations.

Summer 2016 Internships

Austin Brennan worked as a production engineer at ILM, Erik Reed and Jenny Thompson worked with SCETV, Christian Weeks worked as a technical artist at Sony, and Alex Young worked as head programmer for Catalyst Services. Read the abstract from their fall 2016 seminar talk for more info.

New Faculty

DPA Welcomes New Faculty

With the start of fall 2016 semester, and DPA's Charleston, SC expansion, we are excited to welcome five new faculty members, including a new associate director, professors, and instructors. Read more about them here.

Zucker Family Graduate Education Center

DPA in Charleston Grand Opening!

Fall 2016: DPA is excited to announce the grand opening of the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center (ZFGEC) in Charleston, SC, which will house the expansion of its M.F.A. program. Read more



DPA had a strong presence at SIGGRAPH. Alumna Chuqiao Wang gave a talk "Painting with Turbulence." Two other alumni, Alex Beaty and Doug Rizeakos, participated in DreamWorks Birds of a Feather panel. "MechVR, Interactive VR Motion Simulator," was showcased at VR Village. DPA reception gathered alumni, faculty, and industry friends in downtown Disney.

Joe Letteri

Weta Digital's Joe Letteri visits DPA

Four-time Academy Award winner Joe Letteri visited DPA May 3, 2016 and gave a talk titled "Bringing the Virtual to Reality: Creating the VFX Image." Read more

Magneta at Indie Bits

DPA students win at Indie Bits video game festival

DPA students Wynton Redmond, Chi-Chen Lee, Alex Young, and Christian Weeks, win Best Student Game category at Indie Bits for their game, "Magneta," which they developed during their spring 2016 semester at DPA. Watch here

DPA in Charleston

DPA students and faculty visit Charleston

DPA students and faculty visited Charleston, SC including the new Zucker Family Graduate Education Center, CURI, USS Yorktown at Patriot's Point in April, in anticipation of DPA's expansion to Charleston this fall. See pictures

Animation Career Review

Clemson ranked among top schools for animation education!

Clemson University has been ranked No. 7 on the list of best public schools and colleges for animation education and in the top 20 percent of all animation schools in the nation. Read more

Look the Other Way

DPA student film at The Earth Day Film Festival

DPA student Karl Jahnke's thesis short, "Look the Other Way," screened at all locations of The Earth Day Film Festival in April. Watch here


DPA presents Skillzxchange Workshops

DPA presents Skillzxchange workshop series directly related to the DPA curriculum every Tuesday starting February 16 at 6-9 pm in McAdams 118C. Click here to view the schedule.

The Elder Scrolls Series V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls Series V: Skyrim

DPA student Christian Weeks and CS grad student Zachary McNellis published a mod on the Nexus website for The Elder Scrolls Series V: Skyrim. You can view the write up and download the mod at: The Elder Scrolls Series V: Skyrim


Russian International Film Festival

Russian International Film Festival

"Rats," an animated short film by DPA students Karl Jahnke, Jordan Gestring, Chuqiao Wang, and Junyan Wang, has been selected by the Russian International Film Festival in the One Minute Narrative category!

DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation Visits DPA

DPA welcomed Grazia Como, Bert Poole, and Nicole Dial of DreamWorks Animation on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Grazia Como presented a company overview, and Bert Poole gave a presentation on lighting for animated films at DreamWorks Animation. We look forward to hosting them again next year!

Charleston International Film Festival

"Peanut Butter Jelly," an animated short film by DPA students under the direction of DPA alum Alex Beaty, has been accepted into the 2015 Charleston International Film Festival!

DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation Summer Project

This summer, eight DPA students participated in a ten-week intensive production event in which they created two, 15-second short films, Craving Crustacean & To Shell and Back, under the mentorship of top supervisors from DreamWorks Animation. View the videos on vimeo.

DPA to Offer Game Design Training

Starting in academic year 2015/16, DPA to offer training for mobile and console game production, with state-of-the-art game software and design education. DPA students interested in video games education will receive hands-on and team training as well as exposure to all aspects of game development.

DPA Fall 2015 Orientation: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New DPA MFA Students: Please join us on Tuesday, August 18 for the DPA M.F.A. new student orientation. Check your email for details. The Graduate School orientation for new graduate students will take place on Friday, August 14. Please refer to their website for further information.

DPA to Have Strong Presence at SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles this August

"Peanut Butter Jelly," a short directed by DPA alum Alex Beaty, will be at this year's SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Daytime Selects. Also, DPA M.F.A. students, Kara Gundersen and Jon Barry, will be in the SIGGRAPH 2015 Digital Dailies. DPA reception will take place on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Tom's Urban LA Live, Los Angeles, CA.

DPA Welcomes New Director

Victor Zordan has been named the new director of Digital Production Arts. Previously, an associate professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of California Riverside (UCR), Dr. Zordan co-directed the Riverside Graphics Lab in developing cutting-edge techniques in graphics and animation as well as the UCR Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-being aimed at adding effectiveness to brain training through game design principles. DPA is excited to welcome Dr. Zordan as its new director August 1, 2015.

DPA in Charleston

DPA in Charleston, SC - Fall 2016

DPA is excited to announce the expansion of its M.F.A. program, to be housed in the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The facility, currently under construction near Clemson University’s Restoration Institute campus in the south end of the former naval base, is scheduled to be completed in spring 2016, and begin offering the DPA M.F.A. program in fall 2016. To be added to our mailing list for expansion updates, please email with the subject line "ADD ME." [more]

Gold Reel Film Festival

Alex Beaty Wins 3 Awards for Peanut Butter Jelly

Congratulations Alex Beaty for winning Best Animation, Best Directing, and Best Overall awards at the 2015 Gold Reel Student Film Festival, on the animated short film "Peanut Butter Jelly."

Red Storm Entertainment

Red Storm Entertainment Visits DPA

Steve Reid, managing director / EVP of Red Storm Entertainment - A Ubisoft Studio, visited DPA on April 24, 2015 to present a talk titled "Game Development: Shooting at a Moving Target." [abstract]

Gina Nearing

Student Awards

Congratulations Gina Nearing and Alex Beaty for winning the "2015 Outstanding M.F.A. Student in Digital Production Arts" award. The School of Computing awards ceremony took place on Friday, April 3, 2015.

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 alumnus, Justin Kern ('12), 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 the 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 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 M.F.A. 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 M.F.A. 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 4, 2014. Kacey is in his final year as a DPA student, graduating May 2014. Kacey and other master's and Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. in 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.

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"

"Alien Oasis," a student team production project, began production in spring 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Davis and Mr. Donar. Under the direction of Dr. Tessendorf, the students re-tooled 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 5, 2013. School of Computing faculty nominated graduate students for awards in master's 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 class work. 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 25 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 28. 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. Dr. Tessendorf received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement in 2008, and the water simulation software he developed (Tessendorf wave) was used in the 2012 film Life of Pi, the 2013 Academy Award winner for “Best Visual Effects.” CG World article


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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