For Academy of Art University alum Jan Philip Cramer working on Disney’s smash hit Avengers: Infinity War was a dream come true. Cramer was recently featured for his work on the record shattering summer hit in the Huffington Post. As the animation supervisor for Infinity War, Cramer played a critical role in bringing the fantastic worlds and creatures of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life.
Infinity War is not Cramer’s first rodeo. After attending Academy of Art University he worked on some of the biggest films in the industry from Avatar (2009) to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Cramer now works as the head of animation at Digital Domains. His hard earned success won him the Academy of Art University’s Emerging Artist Alumni Award in 2011 and membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2017.
Graduating with his BFA in 2004, Academy of Art University gave Cramer more than a degree. Cramer found “a well-rounded perspective on art, not just visual effects. The experience grew me as an artist.”
Alumni like Cramer showcase the Academy of Art University’s long legacy in the entertainment industry. Founded in 1929, the largest private art design school in the US has been at the cutting edge of art and entertainment for decades. Located in downtown San Francisco, the Academy offers students more than 30 degree programs as a foundation for success in anything from performance art to video game design.
Cramer is not the only Academy alum finding high profile success. Graduates of the Academy of Art University have received top accolades in the entertainment industry. More than 50 alumni were nominated for Golden Globes and 20 nominated for Oscars in the 2017 alone.
Graduates of the Academy of Art University continues to shape the latest, highest-grossing films. For Cramer, this means returning to the Marvel Universe for the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and Captain Marvel (2019). In Cramer and fellow graduates, the Academy’s impact will live on for years to come.