Academy Picks Students for CG Internships

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected three students to participate in its second annual summer internship program designed to provide real-world experience to students interested in careers in motion picture computer graphics and animation technology. Pixar Animation Studios, Rhythm & Hues Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks will each take one of the students under their wings for an eight-week period and provide hands-on opportunities in animation, production management, software programming and visual effects.

Tony Fan from New York University will gain valuable experience at Rhythm & Hues Studios, while Tiffany Houghton from Otis College of Art and Design spends some time at Pixar Animation Studios and Liron Topaz from Ringling College of Art and Design learns the ropes at Sony Pictures Imageworks. In addition to the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best artists and technicians in the industry, each student will receive a stipend of $4,000 from the Tech Council.

“Our mission is to cultivate the next generation of motion picture technologists and researchers,” says Barry Weiss, the Tech Council’s internship program chair. “The interns are placed into the center of three companies that exemplify the high standards of artistic and scientific excellence that the Academy seeks to foster in tomorrow’s talent.”

Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities and preserves the history of science and technology of motion pictures.