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2017 Student Exhibition Submission Guide

Hollywood CG School of Digital Arts(HCGS) starts the 1st Student Exhibition.
Student Exhibition prizes to students who demonstrate outstanding visual and academic ability.
Awards vary based on the judge of the Competition Committee. Both new and currently enrolled students may apply for Student Exhibition.
Award will open annually.

Applying Exhibition
All students who want to apply for Student Exhibition should submit exhibition application form, including portfolio on file with Digital Arts(DA) Office by the following dates:
Deadline for students applying for:
– Apply by April 18th (4 days after Easter Break ends)
There is no GPA requirement for all students. Students who miss the due dates may not be considered for Student Exhibition.

Date & Location
Portfolio Drop-off:
Tuesday, April 18th, Between 10:00am – 12:00pm & Between 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Digital Arts office
Student Exhibition:
Thursday – Friday, May 4th – 5th, 11:00am – 8:00pm at Digital Arts Department

Medium
Four to Five Best Screenshots, Playable Game Demo, or Rendering Movie Clips that demonstrate your artwork.

GRADUATION SHOW: CLASS OF 2016'

The 1st Graduation show will be open today, 12/15/2016, 1pm to 7:30pm in Project room B.

You can see their graduation portfolio work.
Also, there’s free food and coffee will be served after 2 or 3pm.

Please, come and enjoy!

SoCal Maker Con 2015

This project is a presentation from the School of Digital Arts at Shepherd University. It’s Oculus Rift gaming content. Playable with different characters and stylish environments. We’ll be doing live demos on the exhibit floor so make sure to come by!

2015 Virtual Reality Expo

The “2015 Virtual Reality Expo” (VR) was held in Los Angeles Convention Center on August 29, 2015.
This VRLA Expo was a kind of big events among the VR developers.
Professor Young Park from Shepherd University, who is in charge the Game Lab(Young Park Game Lab), presented “Vertical Slice”, which is the Shooting Game developed by Virtual Reality Technology. It attracted a lot of attention among the participants.

After playing “Vertical Slice”, all the people including those who came from big companies, developers, and even from Platform businesspeople had a big attention to the high quality of this game.

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“Vertical Slice” was created by Young Park, who had been working for EA and Gameloft. “Vertical Slice” was produced by using Unity Engine and this game was able to show the very concentration of Prof. Park’s art and skill know-hows.


Let’s go to Young Park Game Lab Website



Recently, Game industry scale is growing bigger and becoming more sub-divided thus any company cannot survive by itself as a monopoly. In order not to run behind the rapidly changing market trend, Game companies should cooperate each other and develop the symbiotic system. Currently, Independent game developers are under better working environment because Product-sources businesses and Game Engine companies started to release the contents for free on the market.

The School of Digital Arts at Shepherd University has established a Venture Incubating System, which to enable the students can find their own business through adopting Eco-system.

Special Guest Seminar from Blizzard Entertainment

Hollywood CG School of Digital Arts is pleased to inform you about the Special Seminar which was held in Shepherd University.

Special Guest Seminar from Blizzard Entertainment

Shepherd University invited a guest for seminar who is a specialist from Blizzard Entertainment few days ago.

Mr. Alim Charrani is a senior VFX artist for Blizzard Entertainment, and he has been participating to develop

“Heroes of Storm series”.

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Topics of Seminar

1. What we focus to be employed?

He said that portfolio is very important to get a job, and should research the market situation and current trends of industry. To get a job, firstly, students should decide what employment position they want. Mr. Alim Charrani studied Animation in university, but he changed his major to Game because he figured out there were much more opportunities to get a job for Game field. Again he emphasized that we should never stop to research the market situation and trends of industry.

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2. What kind of roles are there in Game Company?

Normally, there are two parts in Game Company, one is Artwork team and the other is Programing Team.

① Modeling Part

There are two kinds of modeler, one is Character Modeler and the other is Environmental/Prop Modeler. These two modeler take care of all Modeling and Texture in a Game Company, He gave some tips for our students that Environmental/Prop Modeler is much better than Character Modeler to get a job. Because Character modelers only work for making characters, however, Environmental/Prop modelers have much more work and time spending for completing their works. Environmental/Prop modeling is much heavier than Character modeling, so Character Modeling processed by outsourcing in general.

② Texture part

To increase the quality, Texture Artist involves the producing normally, but modelers can take care of this kind of Texturing in general.

③ Light Part

To improve the completeness, Lighting Artist works for Lighting parts, but Environmental/Prop Modeler can take care of this kind of Lighting part in general. In some cases, Lighting Artist produces some materials and makes Lighting Pipeline with Technical Artist and Programing Team.

④ Animation Part

Normally Animator only take care of Animation in general.

⑤ Character Technical Artist Part

Character Technical Artist take care of technical structure and controlling part such as character setup, key map, weapons etc.

⑥ Technical Artist Part

Technical Artist is a bridge position to connect between Arts team and Development Team. They have knowledge for art work processing and programing. They should understand the Pipeline also, because they should connect all other parts each other. In some case, they participate in producing some tools which are needed by Shader and Lighter artist.

⑦ UI Artwork Part

It is not well known position to the public, but this is most important position when produce the games. They design the basic game information on the screen. They participate in Designing and Scripting in game such as life, health, experience point, selecting character, background information etc. This UI part is very favorable for employment.

⑧ VFX Part

Actually Mr. Alim Charrani works for this position in Blizzard Entertainment. To create a gorgeous game and maximize the impact feeling, they try to make all the effects seems like a real with making explosion effect, Clouds, Water etc. Recently, game companies are looking for VFX specialist.

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3. What is difference between huge game project and small game project?

The big difference between huge game project and small game project is budget for development. As we know, huge game project needs lots of man power and specialists to create best quality of the game. And huge game project team members also have higher satisfaction with their works because the work that requires a very high quality.

However, even they work for a long time on the project there are only one or two game parts left on their career. Whereas small projects which are very popular in a game company, normally one member take care of two or three parts of the project so the generalist is right person who takes care of this small project. Advantages for this kind of small project are to get various experiences in a short time and also it is very easy to change the direction of production because there are small staffs.

4. What do we prepare for getting a job for a game company?

The most crucial thing for getting a job is portfolio. In the portfolio, you should show and explain what kind of skills you used in your portfolio. You need to build up your skills to take care of two or three positions at least. Again, to be selected by employer easily, it is most important thing that you have to explain what kind of skills and procedures are be used in your portfolio.

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After seminar, there are bunch of Q&A with students and Mr. Alim Charrani. He did his best to answer all the various questions. He presented an invitation card to all of the students for ‘Heroes of the Storm’. This seminar is very helpful and useful for our students, so Hollywood CG School of Digital Arts is planning to have some more seminars with companies which are located around Hollywood area for VFX, Animation and Game fields.

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G-Star 2014

Hollywood CG School of Digital Arts has participated in G-Star 2014. There were around 617 game related contents companies from 35 countries through all over the world and there were over
200,000 visitors who were interested in Game Arts industry.

At International Game Exhibition, Shepherd University displayed and showed the FPS(First Person Shooting) game which was developed by faculty and students. The FPS game was developed by using Unity 3D Engine and Oculus Rift VR.

During the exhibition period, there were endless line to watch our works and also the staff of Oculus and Unity were impressed very highly by visiting our booth. Even the average waiting time was 40 to 60 minutes to play the game, the visitor do not complaint any and kept the line in patient.

The visitors who have played our game they said like this;
“It’s awesome and amazing that such an excellent game was made by a University”
“I know why all the visitor was standing in a line. I recommend strongly this game.”
“Only Shepherd University has demonstrated a real something among the university’s booth.”

2014 G-Star Oculus Rift VR Demo video game project: http://youtu.be/hXbMzTyxcwI

DreamWorks Animation “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Prof. Jaewon Lee has been involved in the production of the DreamWorks animated film name of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” as one of character designers. The movie is set to be released in the U.S. on June 13, 2014.

Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges. He and his fellow Vikings see the world from an entirely different point of view.

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”, like “The Croods” is one of the most anticipated movies in this year with the DreamWorks. We congratulate Prof. Lee and look forward to the movie becoming a worldwide hit.

Prof. Jaewon Lee is currently working for the DreamWorks as a senior modeler and teaching a modeling course at the Hollywood CG School of Digital Arts, Shepherd University.

2013 Commencement Ceremony

Shepherd University will be holding 2013 Commencement Ceremony at 2pm on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Mijoo Peace Church in Los Angeles. We would like to congratulate all our graduates for their achievements. It is our hope that all will come and celebrate this very special day for the graduates, their friends and families, and the entire college community together.

• Date & Time: Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

• Location: Mijoo Peace Church
  (170 Bimini Place, Los Angeles, CA 90004).


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• Graduation Photo Days:

Day 1: 5/23/2013 (Thur.) 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Class A-7
Day 2: 5/30/2013 (Thur.) 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Class A-7
Please come for the graduation photo either of the days.
If you have any questions, please contact your administrative office.

• Graduation Day Schedule

a. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Receiving Gowns and Registration

All commencement participants must arrive by 11 a.m. to check-in and pickup Gowns.

b. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch

Lunch will be served for VIPs and graduates at 11:30 a.m. Please, get your lunch ticket when picking up your gowns.

c. 12:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Rehearsal

The processional rehearsal will be held before the ceremony. Please gather in the rehearsal room by 12:30 p.m.

d. 1:50 p.m. – Commencement Ceremony

After the Rehearsal, please return back to the same room for entering the ceremony by 1:50 p.m.

* Please observe the above schedule for the ceremony to be coming along on time.

< Shepherd University Graduation Committee>

The Croods A Dreamworks Movie

Prof. Jaewon Lee is a senior modeler and has been involved in the production of the DreamWorks animated film “The Croods” as one of character designers. The movie is set to be released in the U.S. on March 22, 2013.

The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family. They embark on the journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.

Together with DreamWorks’ “Rise of the Guardians,” “The Croods” is one of the most anticipated movies this year. We congratulate Prof. Lee and look forward to the movie becoming a worldwide hit.

Prof. Jaewon Lee is currently teaching a modeling course at the Hollywood CG School of Digital Arts.

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