Chris Wedge, Class of 1975, Inducted in 2000
As an Oscar® winning director, co-founder, and VP of Creative Development at Blue Sky Studios, Chris Wedge is the driving force behind the company’s high standard of character animation. The studio’s commitment to research and development has brought the company to prominence as one of the top computer animation studios in the world.
Chris’ release, "Bunny," which won an Academy™ Award for Best Animated Short Film, is the first film to use radiosity, a complex computer application that recreates the most subtle properties of natural and ambient light. Its warm, cinematic style showcases Chris’ strong filmic sensibility and sets new cinematic standards for the computer animation community.
In addition to "Bunny," Chris also directed the character animation sequences for the Warner Bros./Geffen Films Production "Joe’s Apartment," and was a supervising creative on the feature films "Alien Resurrection" (Twentieth Century Fox); "A Simple Wish (The Bubble Factory) and "Star Trek Insurrection" (Paramount) as well as numerous commercials. He is currently directing the studio’s first full-length feature film "Ice Age," which tells the story of three prehistoric mammals forced to work together to return a human baby to its family.
Beginning his career as a stop-motion animator, Chris later joined MAGI/SynthaVision, where he was one of the principal animators for the groundbreaking Disney movie TRON. Chris has taught animation at The School of Visual Arts (NY) at the MFA Computer Lab, and his work has received many national and international awards.
"F-M provided a wonderful atmosphere of support and creativity," says Chris. "My interests always leaned towards the arts: writing and filmmaking. F-M’s staff always dug under the surface of issues and revealed deeper meanings that greatly influenced my adolescence. I am forever grateful for their knowledge and encouragement."
Chris Wedge lives with his wife and two children in the Westchester area of New York.