Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sony IPAX Scholarships Announced

UNM (and its "Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program") is proud to be a relatively new member of Sony Picture's Imageworks Professional Academic Excellence program (IPAX), and while New Mexican students haven't been selected for scholarships yet (it's only the Scholarships' second year) -- this is something they can aspire to.

From Animation World News:

Sony Pictures Imageworks' second annual scholarship winners have been announced, presented this year to four students currently enrolled at academic institutions affiliated with IPAX, Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation’s Professional Academic Excellence program.

The IPAX scholarship top prize winner is Luis Rodrigo Huerta of Texas A&M. Through the IPAX scholarship fund, Huerta will receive tuition money towards his master’s degree at Texas A&M in visualization and the online character animation courses he is taking through Animation Mentor.

The other scholarship recipients are Jorge Garcia, a character animator from Ringling College of Art & Design, Rogelio Olguin from The School of Visual Arts, who submitted outstanding examples of painting and lighting, and Christian Haniszewski, also from the School of Visual Arts, who demonstrated a keen aptitude for character modeling and rigging.

Each scholarship winner is currently enrolled full-time at their IPAX member school and is pursuing the goal of a professional career in animation, visual effects, or technology.

Scholarships are solely merit based. The selection committee, consisting of Imageworks visual effects and animation supervisors, producers, executives and recruiters, carefully reviewed each essay, reel and portfolio, looking for the very best use of digital technology and a passion and understanding of visual effects and animation. A record number of applicants submitted this year and the four recipients represent exceptional work of the highest standards.

The IPAX program was created in 2005, under the leadership of Scoredos, with the intent to educate faculty and structure curricula at leading academic institutions in an effort to develop future talent who will contribute to the overall growth of the visual effects and animation industry.

IPAX is a professional development program designed to share, extend and expand the Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation knowledge base. In addition to providing IPAX member schools the opportunity to attend in-house training programs and experience a working production environment, giving instructors valuable knowledge and skills to return to the classroom with, the program also provides a collaborative global knowledge exchange between IPAX member schools and faculty, their students and Imageworks. The IPAX Scholarship Program encourages the best of each member school to continue his or her pursuit of a quality education and to enter the visual effects and animation industry.

For more information on IPAX and The IPAX Scholarship Program, visit

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