A graduate of a Clemson University program that prepares students for work in the visual-effects industry was part of a four-person team that won an award for its work on the Disney animated film “Moana.”

Marc Henry Bryant was on a team that won a Visual Effects Society award for “Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature.”

Clemson alumnus Marc Bryant, far left, was on a team that won a VES award for its work on the movie "Moana."

Clemson alumnus Marc Bryant, far left, was on a team that won a VES award for its work on the movie “Moana.”

VES awards recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues. The 15th Annual VES Awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton and celebrated talent in 24 awards categories.

Bryant received a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Production Arts in 2003 and a bachelor of science in computer science in 1999.

“Marc was an outstanding student in every respect,” said Robert Geist, the Alumni Distinguished Professor, who co-founded Digital Production Arts. “I still have a copy of the animation from his MFA thesis, done in 2003.  I show it to our DPA students as inspiration.

“Chuqiao Wang, a DPA student who graduated in December, 2015, was one student who was so inspired.  She presented her work at SIGGRAPH last summer, and she now works for DreamWorks Animation.  Marc has left a lasting impression!”

Other members of the team were David Hutchins, Ben Frost and Dale Mayeda.

Bryant was also on a team in 2014 that won a VES award for the movie “Frozen.” That award recognized outstanding FX and simulation animation in an animated feature motion picture.