Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


Animation Donation

Pixar – yeah, that Pixar ­– gives software to UW-Stout

Eric Christenson

Soon enough, two computer animation labs at UW-Stout will start to churn out the likes of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and WALL•E – well, that’s the idea anyway. Beginning this fall, art and design students will be using the latest version of industry-standard software called RenderMan, through a donation by Pixar Animation Studios. Valued at around $25,000, the donation will mostly benefit the game design and entertainment design programs, which fall under the umbrella of Stout’s art and design school. Fun fact: RenderMan has been used by 90 percent of Academy Award winners for visual effects in the past 20 years, and according to Pixar, the software helps “produce the highest-quality special effects possible.” Twice in the last year, UW-Stout’s game design and development program has been ranked in the top 50 in the country out of more than 225 such programs.

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Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

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L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

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