ND alum discusses work for Avatar

first_imgNotre Dame alum Allan Hemberger told students who packed the DeBartolo Hall auditorium Tuesday evening that the most enjoyable and difficult area of his career is working in visual effects.Hemberger discussed his experiences working in the field of feature films and the technical background that accompanied it.“Every time I come here, I try to summarize what I do and the answer changes each time,” he said.Hemberger, a 2001 graduate of Notre Dame, has worked for WETA Digital, a five-time Academy Award winning visual effects facility in New Zealand, for several years. He will start work at Pixar in May.“I spent the past year working on Avatar,” he said. “I carved out a niche at WETA as a person who loved working on really hard problems. It was a lot of headaches and long hours, but I liked having an area to work on.”Hemberger worked as computer graphics supervisor for the Academy Award-winning movie “Avatar” and as a 3D digital water technical director for “King Kong”.He began the presentation by showing students a demo reel he created while working as a computer graphics supervisor on the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”“A lot of tricks that I learned on ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ transferred over into my work with ‘Avatar,’” he said.While working on “Avatar,” Hemberger said he was in charge of creating the graphics for the character Jake playing around in the water.“The first task they gave me [when I was working] on ‘Avatar’ was to create a river,” he said. “That one scene took about eight months from start to finish.”As a computer graphic supervisor on “Avatar,” Hemberger was in charge of a number of light artists.“Everything that went into the computer graphics for the scene had to be delivered through me,” he said. Hemberger showed a video about the ways water graphics can be generated using a computer program.Hemburger said film footage shot on a regular camera could previously be used to generate graphics, but that is no longer the case.“On ‘Avatar,’ the problem was we couldn’t use 2D elements anymore, we had to use all 3D,” he said.Hemberger said one of the most difficult scenes to create was one that showed the character both above and underwater.“This scene was infinitely more challenging because the camera breaches the water’s surface,” he said. “What makes it complicated was that there were two entirely different elements at play here.”Hemberger said he had been working on an animated film for the past few months but dropped the project when he took the job at Pixar.“This is the long and short of the adventures of my past year or so,” he said. “I’m going to Pixar to be an effects technical director. There, I’ll probably be doing more effects like the ones I did at WETA.”After the presentation ended, Hemberger fielded questions from members of the audience about attaining a career in the field.Among other projects Hemberger worked on were “Eragon,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The Department of Computer Science and Engineering sponsored Hemberger’s talk, which was called “Experiments in Feature Film Visual Effects.”last_img read more


first_imgPupils from Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola in Donegal, pictured wth Críona Ní DHálaigh, Lord Mayor of Dublin, in the Mansion House, DUblin, on Easter Monday. Pictured also are teacher Karen and Gearóid Mac Donncha, Leascheannaire, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. The school won €200 in the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 1916 Radio Competition for Schools.Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola have been awarded a special prize of €200 in the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 1916 Schools’ Radio Competition.They were presented with their prize by Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh in a programme live from the Mansion house in Dublin on Easter Monday.In her speech, the Lord Mayor praised the schools in the competition for all their work. “It’s important that we are reflecting on what has been achieved in this country over the last 100 years, and what we have yet to achieve to ensure equality for all who live here. It’s vital that the next generation, all of you here today, are also addressing these questions.”“It’s a great matter of joy to me personally that all this work has been done through Irish. It’s clear that you all appreciate the importance of language and culture, and I hope that you will carry that with you throughout your lives.”Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola put together a programme about local man Charlie McGee from Inis Bó Finne, who was shot dead on Easter Monday 1916 in Co. Louth.The judges said that the programme told the story of Charlie McGee very effectively, and praised the fact that it was a story from their own locality. Although it was only intended to present one overall prize of €1000 in the competition, which won by Coláiste Íde in Kerry, the judges were so impressed with two other programmes that they awarded them €200 each – Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola and Coláiste Íosagáin in Dublin.The judges were Seán Ó hÉanaigh, Áine Hensey and Cormac Ó Comhraí. Seven schools in total went through to the final round of the competition, and got the opportunity to put together a radio programme to be broadcast on RnaG.You can listen to the programmes in the series 1916: Dearcadh na hÓige on the RTÉRadio player on the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta website www.rte.ie/rnagPCC FALCARRAGH STUDENTS GET SPECIAL 1916 RADIO AWARD was last modified: March 30th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:1916Pobalscoil Chloich CheannfhaolaradioRnaGlast_img read more