How Georgia students contributed to the 2020 Academy Awards
By Oz Online | Published on February 10, 2020

The Savannah College of Art and Design reports more than 200 alumni have contributed to this year’s nominated films.

ATLANTA — Hollywood’s biggest night is on the horizon, and Georgia talent will be represented during the 2020 Academy Awards.

A rep from The Savannah College of Art and Design reports more than 200 alumni have contributed to this year’s nominated films.

In fact, 230 alumni and students contributed to 21 films that received nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The categories are for animation, visual effects, film and television, production design, sound design, television producing, sequential art, screenwriting, motion media design, sculpture, and photography.

The 21 films include: 1917, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Ad Astra, Avengers: Endgame, Ford v Ferrari, Frozen II, Harriet, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Joker, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Marriage Story, Missing Link, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Richard Jewell, Rocketman, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Irishman, The Lighthouse, The Lion King, The Two Popes, and Toy Story 4.

“Our students work in an environment of collaboration where the classroom is a living model of the industry,” said Andra Reeve-Rabb, dean of the SCAD School of Entertainment Arts. Cutting edge facilities, equipment and mentorship by Oscar winning professors elevate student experience and creative content. Unique to our university, students work on professional film sets in above and below the line roles in Savannah and Atlanta during their time at SCAD, making them ready to launch the moment they graduate!”

Avengers: Endgame was nominated for best visual effects. Fifty-seven SCAD alumni worked on that film, working as visual effects artists, animators, senior compositors, and visualization artists.

Max Almy, the dean of the SCAD School of Digital Media said, “Our programs in the School of Digital Media are top rated in the world! Our graduates are working at Pixar, Disney, ILM, Blue Sky, DreamWorks and dozens of great companies and the word is that they are the most talented, prepared and professional. It’s no surprise that literally hundreds of our alumni have worked on Academy Award-winning and nominated films. We are the best and we are so proud!”

Thirty-five alumni were nominated for their work on Best Picture nominated films 1917, Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Joker, Marriage Story, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. In the Best Animated Feature category 61 alumni were nominated for their work on How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Missing Link, and Toy Story 4.

SCAD is the only university named by the Hollywood Reporter in all of its top entertainment rankings: film, performing arts/drama, production design, costume design and visual effects.

SCAD students/alumni who contributed to Oscar-nominated films:

  • Adams, Breanna (B.A., television producing, 2014) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Agrawal, Harsh (B.F.A., visual effects) “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”; “Avengers: Endgame”; “Toy Story 4”

  • Alarcon, Carlos (M.A., visual effects, 2010) “Rocketman”

  • Albright, Shelby (B.F.A., animation, 2018) “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

  • Alexander, Nathan (B.F.A., production design) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Ali, Mir (B.F.A., visual effects, 2015) “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

  • Alvarez, Brian (B.F.A., visual effects, 2008) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Amlaner, Sean (M.F.A., visual effects, 2007) “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

  • Andersen, Catherine (B.F.A., film and television, 2017) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Anderson, Grant (B.F.A., visual Effects, 2017) “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

  • Baker, Rebecca (B.F.A., animation, 2019) “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

  • Barber, Brock (M.F.A., animation, 2017) “Missing Link”

  • Bellanich, Beau (B.F.A., film and television, 2016) “Avengers: Endgame”; “Ford v Ferrari”

  • Benson, Matthew (B.F.A., visual effects, 2015) “Toy Story 4”

  • Bidar, Alireza (B.F.A., visual effects, 2017) “Frozen 2”

  • Birdsall, Kimmy (B.F.A., sequential art, 2017) “Toy Story 4”

  • Black, Cameron (B.F.A., animation, 2014) “Frozen 2”

  • Bloch, Stephen (B.F.A., visual effects, 2008) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Boehme, Madison (M.A., creative business leadership) “Frozen 2”

  • Boga, Nagender Raju (M.A., visual effects, 2016) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Boon, Justin (B.F.A., visual effects, 2016) “Ad Astra”

  • Bradford, Stephen C. (B.F.A., film and television, 2014) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Burstein, Jake (M.F.A., animation, 2017) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Byun, Won Young (M.F.A., computer art, 2002) “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

  • Callaway, Katy (M.A., visual effects, 2016) “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

  • Cardin, Daniel (B.F.A., visual effects, 2015) “Frozen 2”

  • Chang, Hosuk (M.A., visual effects, 2008) “Toy Story 4”

  • Chang, Yung-Lo (B.F.A., computer art, 2002) “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

  • Chase, Ian (B.F.A., sound design, 2017) “The Irishman”; “The Two Popes”

  • Christensen, Amy (B.F.A., computer art, 1997) “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”; “Harriet”

  • Chu, Diana (M.F.A., visual effects, 2017) “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

  • Clark, Scott (animation, 1992) “Toy Story 4”

  • Clock, Sam (B.F.A., visual effects, 2011) “Frozen 2”

  • Cobb, Seth (B.F.A., computer art, 2003) “Ad Astra”

  • Collins, Dannah (M.F.A., photography, 2009) “Marriage Story”; “The Irishman”

  • Colón, Steven Quinoñes (B.F.A., painting/architecture) “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

  • Conrad, Heather (B.F.A., visual effects, 2015) “Ford v Ferrari”

  • Cook, Andrew (M.F.A., film and television, 2019) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Cox, Chad (B.F.A., animation, 2012) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Crumbly, James Parker (B.F.A., film and television) “Ford v Ferrari”

  • Curtis, Alexander (M.F.A., animation, 2011; B.F.A., animation 2009) “Toy Story 4”

  • Davidson, Alex (M.F.A., animation, 2015) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Davies, Jason (M.F.A., animation, 2003) “Toy Story 4”

  • Davis, Jonathan (B.F.A., computer art, 2004) “Frozen 2”

  • Dehner, Andrew (M.F.A., visual effects, 2013) “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

  • DeMeo IV, Anthony (B.F.A., animation, 2014) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Desai, Sagar (M.F.A., film and television, 2010) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Donnan, Melissa (B.F.A., animation, 2009) “Frozen 2”

  • Ehrlinger, Charles (B.F.A., film and television, 2004) “Ford v Ferrari”

  • Eisert, Kelly (M.F.A., animation, 2006) “Frozen 2”

  • Epstein, Jenn (B.F.A., visual effects, 2005) “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Erickson, Jesse (B.F.A., visual effects, 2008) “Frozen 2”

  • Everett, Jameson (B.F.A., film and television, 2016) “Ford v Ferrari”

  • Finley, Andrew (B.F.A., visual effects, 2015) “Toy Story 4”

  • Fuller, Sarah (B.F.A., visual effects, 2007) “Ford v Ferrari”

  • Galley, Sarah (B.F.A., film and television, 2008) “Ford v Ferrari”

  • Gaytan, Minor (B.F.A., animation, 2007) “Frozen 2”

  • Gernhart, Danika (B.F.A., film and television, 2012) “Missing Link”

  • Gernhart, Kyle (B.F.A., sequential art, 2012) “Missing Link”

  • Ghoniem, Ashraf (B.F.A., computer art, 2005) “Avengers: Endgame”

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