The X-Men movie franchise has had a varied screen history, with three sequential films, two side stories, and the origin tale X-Men: First Class bringing the comic book series to life. The latter detailed the beginning of the superhero collective with a new set of actors playing younger incarnations of characters like Professor X and Magneto, and Mystique.
Opening today, X-Men: Days of Future Past will connect the different casts with a time travel story that sends Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine back to 1973 in an attempt to alter a history on the verge of apocalypse.
The film adapts one of the comic series’ most beloved story arcs, and was an ambitious undertaking in terms of both the narrative and production. Among the crew that helped tackle this challenge were a dozen Full Sail alumni. These graduates come from our Computer Animation, Digital Arts, and Film programs, and include:
- Joel Behrens (1997 Digital Media graduate; compositing supervisor)
- Maxime Besner (2009 Computer Animation graduate; digital compositor)
- Brannon D. Brown (2001 Film graduate; camera technician)
- Sarah Davis (2012 Computer Animation graduate; stereoscopic compositor)
- Matthew E. Gill (2010 Computer Animation graduate; stereoscopic production coordinator)
- Claudio Gonzalez (2010 Computer Animation graduate; cloth technical director)
- Sean Castle Hitchcock (2009 Computer Animations graduate; digital artist)
- Pravin Mahtani (2012 Computer Animation graduate; stereoscopic compositor)
- Lyndsey Pendley (2010 Computer Animation graduate; stereoscopic paint artist)
- Brian Rust (2010 Digital Arts & Design graduate; digital compositor)
- Mark Edward Wright (2011 Film graduate; visual effects editor)
- Marvin Yanez (2008 Computer Animation graduate; stereoscopic roto lead)
Of this group, Sean Castle Hitchcock previously worked on the visual effects for X-Men: First Class along with 2009 Computer Animation grad Zachary Brinkerhoff. Additional Full Sail alumni also contributed to other series hits X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013).