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Grads Help “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Set Records

December 23, 2015

Opening weekend for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” banked $238 million according to Forbes—the second largest gross in movie history (second only to “Jurassic World”). And while some fans camped outside for weeks waiting to be the first into theaters, a few graduates of The Art Institute of Vancouver already had some insider information on the film—they’d helped to create it.

Congratulations to these creative professionals who contributed to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And if you’re a graduate who also worked on the film, please let us know!

Matt Anderson, CG Generalist, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” 2011 graduate, 3D Modeling for Animation & Games Diploma, The Art Institute of Vancouver

Dan Brittain, Compositor, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” 1998, CG Animation Diploma, The Art Institute of Vancouver

Dane Larocque, Junior Compositor, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” 2012, D Modeling for Animation & Games Diploma, The Art Institute of Vancouver

Stu MacRae, Animator, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” 2002, Digital Effects Diploma, The Art Institute of Vancouver

Olessya (Alexa) Zalipyatskikh, Associate Software Engineer, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” 2012, 3D Modeling for Animation & Games Diploma

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