Alumnus Adam Habib begins residency with Pixar
Adam Habib is going places as a young cinematographer. In May 2010, the Carolina alumnus (2004, English) begins a yearlong residency with Pixar's Feature Film Division in Emeryville, Calif., near San Francisco. A strong foundation in writing from his alma mater is why he gives to the University's Annual Fund each year with a designation of "English."
"The University of South Carolina is where I figured out who I was going to be, and what I was going to do," said the Durham, N.C., native. "So I think it's important for me to start giving back to Carolina now, knowing that I'll be able to give more later in life. For me, the Annual Fund is my chance to give back, continuously."
Habib developed his passion for film production while taking media arts classes as an upperclassman, which led to a faculty opportunity at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore. He commends his media arts professors, who included Laura Kissel in film production, Susan Courtney in film studies, and former faculty members Karla Berry in film production and Dan Streible in film preservation.
"They are really plugged into their fields, and the professional connections they shared have literally taken me around the world," said Habib, who also has an MFA in cinematography from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he was a Thomas Moore Scholar.
At Pixar, the home of computer-animated movie classics such as Toy Story and the more recent Up, Habib is working with the top storytellers in the business. As a resident in the camera and staging department, Habib works with the team that's responsible for composing shots within the virtual movie set.
To date, Habib's camerawork has been screened at festivals worldwide, including Rotterdam and Sundance, and earlier this year he was nominated for the American Society of Cinematogaphers Heritage Award for his work on the short film, Before I Wake.
"My background so far has been entirely in live-action filmmaking, so this experience at Pixar, where the process takes place entirely inside the computer, is a chance to really expand my skills," he said.
By Web Communications