MSA Teacher Honored by UC Irvine
Howard Gersh Inducted into Information and Computer Science Hall of Fame
Novato Digital Art & Animation and Photography Teacher Howard Gersh has been inducted into the UC Irvine School of Information and Computer Science’s (ICS) inducted their Hall of Fame. Gersh teaches at Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, where he introduces students to industry-level software and techniques and is building new educational programs including techniques in film, animation and virtual reality.
As an alum of UC Irvine’s School of ICS, Gersh received the honor for making a significant impact in his profession and bringing distinction to the school.
Gersh said he was humbled to be included in the recognition, but it is clear from his resume that Gersh deserves the honor.
He has excelled as a digital artist and animator with his work on major films starting as a young artist with “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” (1977) and building up to blockbusters including “Forrest Gump” (1994), “Pirates of the Caribbean” (2003), “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004), and “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” (2005), among others.
Gersh helped to create some of the most memorable and fantastic images ever to grace the silver screen. At ImageMovers Digital (a Disney Company), he worked on the lighting for the CG feature, “Mars Needs Moms!” He was also part of the lighting team that exquisitely rendered Victorian London in Disney’s “A Christmas Carol.”
While at George Lucas’ visual effects division, Industrial Light + Magic (ILM), Gersh worked on the Viet Nam war memorial crowd scenes in the Academy Award™ winning “Forrest Gump.” His work on “Pirates of the Caribbean” included lighting the photorealistic Davy Jones character and his crew of computer generated pirates.
In addition to sharing his knowledge with students at MSA, Gersh also teaches college level digital artists and animators at The Academy of Art University.