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Alumnus David Shirk Awarded Oscar for Best Visual Effects in Gravity

L-R: Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, and Neil Corbould pose in the press room during the Oscars at Loews Hollywood Hotel on March 2, 2014.David Shirk, a senior animation adviser on the 2013 film Gravity, won the Oscar for “Best Visual Effects” at the Academy Awards Ceremony held March 2.

Shirk, originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, received a dual B.F.A. in Illustration and Film at Pratt in 1989, right around the time when computer design was just starting to take off. According to his father, Harold Shirk, David had been “making home movies with a movie camera when he was a sophomore or freshman in high school,” and the family “figured when he was that involved, that is where he would wind up.”

Shirk has contributed to several recent films including Elysium, Transformers and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He has worked for a variety of large corporations such as Microsoft and for George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, at the Skywalker Ranch.

Text: Ruth Samuelson
Photo: © T Leopold/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News

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nice info sir
April 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCara Sehat untuk Hidup
woww gravity.. amzing movie
May 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdiarykesehatan
This is well deserved award. He should keep it up
August 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercrita
Congratulations for winners at the Academy Awards Ceremony held March 2.
August 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKlinik obat

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