The blockbuster movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II has a connection to UL: several UL graduates and a current student helped with the 3-D production of the film.

Jordan Alphonso graduated from UL 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 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 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 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 student, also worked with Pixel Magic on this project.

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