SARASOTA -- For the second consecutive year, graduates from Ringling College of Art and Design worked on a film honored at the Academy Awards.
Pixar's "Inside Out," was awarded the Oscar for the best Animated Feature Film on Sunday evening, and the crew for the film included 13 Ringling graduates. Last year, 29 Ringling graduates were part of the team for "Big Hero 6," which also won the best Animated Feature Film and Ringling alumnus Patrick Osborne won the Oscar for "Feast," under the Short Film category.
"It's been such a thrill watching 'Inside Out' be so successful, especially when it carries such a wonderful message. I feel very lucky to have been a part of it, and it was so great to have worked alongside so many of my talented peers from Ringling College of Art and Design on such a special film," Jaime Landes Roe, directing animator and a Ringling College graduate, said in a statement.
The roster of Ringling College of Art and Design graduates who worked on the Oscar-winning film includes Katherine C. Bickley, Justin M. Farris, Robert S. Gibbs, Catherine B. Hicks, Alexander J. Marino, Alonso Martinez, Lucas Martorelli, Amber L. Martorelli, Andreas Procopiou, Gwendelyn C. Enderoglu, Jaime R. Landes Roe, Michael W. Sauls and Jessica R. Torres, according to the school.
During the acceptance speech, the film's director Pete Docter encouraged those watching and in attendance to make films, draw and write. That was an important message, said Jim McCampbell, Ringling's computer animation department head.
"We are proud and impressed with the continual achievements of our graduates. We applaud their recognition by the Academy and congratulate them and Pixar on the worldwide acknowledgement 'Inside Out' has received," he said in a statement.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter@Meghin Delaney.