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Student Animator Wins Trip to SIGGRAPH

(August 13, 2001)
Twenty-one-year-old Cody Pierson of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh was the first place prize winner in The Art Institutes - Journey Education Marketing National Animation Competition. He won an all-expense paid trip to the SIGGRAPH Conference as well as a package of 3D animation software.

Pierson's winning entry featured a rhino racing across a desert, which stops suddenly in mid-charge to watch a television showing four short vignettes that demonstrate Pierson's experiments with animation and style. He developed the animation using 3D Studio Max from Discreet and Adobe After Effects.

Says Mike Fischler, CEO and President of Journey, "We were impressed with the professional look of the entries we received as well as the imaginative, real-life quality of the subjects. Based on what we've seen, the future of animation is alive and well."

Second place prize went to Andre Romano, 25, of The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Romano's two-minute animation, developed on Alias|Wavefront's Maya and edited with Adobe After Effects, takes place in a bar and features 10 wine glasses in pursuit of a bottle of wine attempting to get away.

Larry Boos, 25, of The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, won third prize for his story of "Gooboos" original animated characters of his own design. Each winner receives a combination of software packages from Discreet that include 3D Studio Max 4.0, Character Studio, Combustion and Reactor.

The Art Institutes - Journey Education Marketing Animation Competition was open to students of The Art Institutes system of schools nationwide and was judged by industry experts of a top employer in the field. The winning animation can be seen by clicking to In addition, the winners will be featured at the Journey exhibitor booth at SIGGRAPH and on the Journey Web site at

The Art Institutes, a system of 22 educational institutions located nationwide, provides an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. The parent company of The Art Institutes, Education Management Corporation (Nasdaq: EDMC), is among the largest providers of proprietary post-secondary education in the U.S., offering bachelor's degree, associate's degree and non-degree programs. EDMC has provided career-oriented education programs for over 35 years, and its Art Institutes have graduated more than 125,000 students. The Art Institutes Web site is

Journey Education Marketing, Inc. is the leading multi-channel software marketer to the post-secondary academic market that includes students, faculty, staff and educational institutions. Journey offers more than 6,000 academic software and technology products at deep discounts to verified academic buyers. Journey manages over 1,000 Academic E-stores for vendor, corporate and school partners. For more information on Journey, visit

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