OAKVILLE, ON, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - Chris Williams, a former Sheridan animation
student, is up for his first Academy Award nomination for Bolt in the Best
Animated Feature Film category. Bolt is the first feature-length film directed
by Williams, who shares the nomination with co-director Byron Howard.
Williams earned a bachelor of fine arts degree at the University of
Waterloo before enrolling in Sheridan's animation program. In his second year,
he was hired to work at Disney when the studio's recruiters visited Sheridan.
While he left before completing the full program (3 courses short), Williams
credits Sheridan with launching him on his animation career. "When I started
there, I didn't know much about animation. All I knew is that I loved to draw
and create stories," he says. "My respect and love for animation took root at
Sheridan. It was an amazing learning experience."
Over the course of his fourteen years at Disney, Williams has contributed
to such films as Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove, and Chicken Little. He is
the seventh Sheridan alumnus to receive an Academy Award nomination. Past
nominees include Steve Williams, James Straus, Michael Thurmeier, Erin Faith
Young, and winners Jon Minnis and Eric Armstrong (Best Animated Short Film -
1986 and 2003, respectively.). The Academy Awards presentation will take place
on Sunday, February 22.
Sheridan is world-renowned for its animation programs, which attract
students from around the world to the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville,
Ontario. In addition to a four-year degree in animation which blends
traditional and contemporary approaches to the discipline, Sheridan also
offers one-year graduate certificate programs in computer animation, computer
animation - digital visual effects and digital character animation. For more
information, visit www.sheridaninstitute.ca.
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