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  • For the second year in a row, Otis will be hosting the Community Works Institute - Summer West. This is a five day professional development program for K-16 teachers focused on place based education, service learning and sustainability. There is a discounted rate for Otis faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate. Contact the Artists Community Teaching program for more info: act@otis.edu

  • Classes End.

  • I Know What You Did This Summer is a series of bi-weekly gatherings in the Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design organized around informal slideshow presentations by curators, artists, writers and producers in the Los Angeles area. Taking the form of a personal travelogue, presenters will share places, experiences, and encounters during summer travel near and far. I Know What You Did This Summer is an occasion to enjoy drinks and conversation among friends, colleagues and our community.

    July 7: Anna Sew Hoy / Jesse Stecklow

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Alumnus Jim Rygiel's VFX for Godzilla

Visual effects pioneer, alumnus Jim Rygiel ('86), who won three Oscars for the Lord of the RIngs trilogy, supervised visual effects for Godzilla. Sixty years ago, Japanese audiences thrilled to the film debut of a massive monster that ravaged Tokyo with atomic breath, armored plates and a name that combined the Japanese words for "gorilla" and "whale": Gojira. Rygiel's team reinvented the famous Japanese monster using contemporary CG tools.

"The difference with these creatures that we pushed was their movement through the environment. So when they're fighting in the city, you'll notice as Godzilla swipes his arm, he swipes it through a cloud or fog bank or a dust cloud that he's swiping through vortexes off of his hand. It's to get that interactive environment happening amongst these creatures in the city. When you go on the streets, there's lots of atmosphere and smoke and things burning. We had to carry that to the top, and to do that kind of interaction with that digital smoke simulations is extremely difficult to make it look correct and keep the scale right, and now make it seem like he's moving his hand through cigarette smoke."



 

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