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Contact: Christine Payton July 25, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The blockbuster movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. II, in theaters now has a Ragin’ Cajun® connection. Several UL Lafayette graduates and a current student helped with 3-D production of the film.

Jordan Alphonso graduated from UL Lafayette in 2009 with a concentration in computer animation. He’s a Lead Artist with Pixel Magic, a Los Angeles based visual effects firm.

Alphonso works in the company’s satellite office in the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise in University Research Park.

Alphonso and a team of UL Lafayette graduates and a current student converted about 24 minutes of the final film from 2D to 3D.

“ We had our hands on about 420 shots from the movie, but due to it still being in post-production while we were working, about 95 or so of our shots were edited out of the film,” he said.

He explained a little about the conversion process. “For a movie to be released in 3D, you have to have two films that are exactly the same except shot from two slightly different angles (mimicking what the human eye sees),” he said. “What those silly glasses do is separate your eyes so that your left eye can only see the left film and your right eye can only see the right film, giving the illusion that it is in 3D.”

The conversion process comes in when the film is shot with only one camera. “A visual effects house like Pixel Magic takes the one camera shot and creates two new images based off the information that is given from the one camera,” Alphonso said.

He noted that as many as 21 artists worked on the film. That’s double the staff at the firm’s Los Angeles office. All were working on 3D conversion.

“ The computer arts background from UL Lafayette came in handy and helped us meet our deadline with the show,” he said. “Since most of the artists were well-versed on the computer, we were able to shorten the training and have them jump into work quicker.”

UL Lafayette graduates who worked on the conversion include: Patrick Trahan, Adam Prejean, Donald Gremillion II, Hal Moore, Adam Folse, Tyler Broussard, Jacob Kebodeaux, Mendsaikhan Tsolmon, Scarlett Hanks, Trista Medine and Michael Rung. J. Thomas Wilson, a current UL Lafayette student, also worked with Pixel Magic on this project.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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