Animation technology company Toon Boom taps CCAD as its first U.S. Center of Excellence

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Montreal-based animation software company Toon Boom has selected the Columbus College of Art and Design to be its first Center of Excellence in the United States. This means that students of CCAD's animation program - as well as adults in its continuing education workshops - will have access to Toon Boom's industry-leading digital content and animation software, which has been used for development of movies such as "Princess and The Frog" and "The Simpsons."

In addition to making its students better prepared to enter the blossoming animation job market, the partnership will help Toon Boom "spend more time letting the world know about CCAD," said Toon Boom CEO and president Joan Vogelesang at a press conference this morning. The company has a presence in more than 122 countries.

Seventeen of the school's advanced animation students have already taken advantage of the Toon Boom software, benefits of which include importing 3D images for storyboarding and seamlessly incorporating multimedia, and have created a monster-fueled short animated film called "Lumin." It has already been accepted into festivals including Ohio Shorts, Chile Monos, Leeds Young Film Festival, taafi Official Selection and Sff International Film Festival.