Grads Help Craft Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

Disney is giving Sleeping Beauty a live-action reboot this summer with Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in the title role and Elle Fanning as the slumbering princess. This re-imagining of the studio’s animated classic is decidedly darker in tone than what audiences originally saw in 1959, and was developed with the help of nine Full Sail alumni.

Seven Computer Animation graduates and one Digital Arts & Design alum contributed to the visual effects, while Recording Arts grad and Hall of Fame inductee Gary Rizzo was part of the audio team. The results of their work have given a contemporary spin to the fairy tale, and the artists who helped bring Maleficent to screens include:

  • Matt Bauer (2007 Computer Animation graduate; previsualization artist)
  • Andrew Farris (2012 Computer Animation graduate; compositor)
  • Shane Flaherty (2011 Computer Animation graduate; compositor)
  • Assunta Garruto (2005 Computer Animation graduate; stereo animator)
  • Andrew Hwang (2006 Computer Animation graduate; previsualization artist)
  • Felix Jorge (2006 Computer Animation graduate; previsualization artist)
  • Gary Rizzo (1993 Recording Arts graduate; sound re-recording mixer)
  • Brian Rust (2010 Digital Arts & Design graduate; digital compositor)
  • Patrick Scanlan (2007 Computer Animation graduate; previsualization artist)

Maleficent is not the first 2014 blockbuster for above grads like Andrew Farris, Felix Jorge, and Brian Rust, who previously contributed to the effects seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Of this group, Andrew Hwang has also played a role in two other recent updates of classic children’s stories – Oz the Great and Powerful and Jack the Giant Slayer.



2 thoughts on “Grads Help Craft Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

  1. Avatar Alisandra Jimenez says:

    I love this film (maleficent), it’s amazing.
    I’m very happy because there are many graduates from full sail in this film.
    The computer animation work in this film, it was excellent.

  2. Avatar Arslan says:

    I am sure the number is a lot more than 9. I am also an alumni of Full Sail University and have worked on Maleficent as a stereo compositor. A few of my colleagues also worked on it and went to Full Sail University.

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