February 2018 Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Photography \/\/ Submitted The halls of Carmel High School (CHS) whisper their stories about the incredible students who once walked those halls and went on to leave their imprint on the world. One such story takes us back to 1997 when a young trumpet player and ambitious animator, Matthew (Matt) Shumway, was preparing to launch his career. The Student In high school, Shumway was a member of the Carmel Marching Band. He was presented with The Richard Saucedo Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017, a prestigious award presented to a Carmel Marching alumnus who graduated more than 10 years ago and has demonstrated the concepts of the pursuit of excellence, dedication and commitment in their work, community and life. Shumway was unable to attend due to a prior obligation, but his parents, Gary and Karen Shumway of Carmel, accepted the award on his behalf. The award was presented by Michael Pote, Director of Bands, who was one of Shumway\u2019s former teachers and band directors. \u201cMatt was obviously talented in relation to the graphic arts, and you could tell that was going to be his path,\u201d Pote said. \u201cHe had a love for that and had already invested a lot of time in setting himself up to be prepared for that.\u201d Pote recalled that Shumway designed \u201cspirit\u201d shirts for his section, a long-standing tradition among the band students and their respective sections. For one of those years, Shumway designed a caricature of Pote. \u201cFor a couple of years, Matt was obviously the designated artist for his section\u2019s shirt,\u201d he chuckled. \u201cOne year, the design was literally a caricature of me and some funny or rather annoying things that I would say. He was able to use one skill for the benefit of the other. Matt\u2019s strength was bringing his other strengths to the benefit of the entire group.\u201d The Son As proud mothers often do, Karen spoke about her son\u2019s achievements, both professionally and personally. \u201cAll three of our kids are very \u2018artsy,\u2019 Matthew being the most talented as far as his art goes,\u201d Karen said. \u201cIt wasn\u2019t too hard to be supportive of that. It was a surprise when Matt was awarded the Alumni Award. I have to tell you that award that they gave him is beautiful. He displays it in his house along with his Annie Awards and other things from the Oscars. Matt was so excited to get that award from CHS. We are very proud of his accomplishments, both professional and personally. He is married to his wife, Amy, and has a beautiful little girl, Lyla. live in San Francisco. It\u2019s pretty hard not to be proud of everything he has done.\u201d Shumway emphasized that he always had the support of his parents. \u201cMy parents have been 100 percent supportive of me,\u201d he said. \u201cI never felt any resistance for wanting to do this, and I know I\u2019m lucky because not everybody has that support.\u201d The Award-Winning and Academy-Nominated Artist Shumway began college at Savannah College of Art and Design, but in 2000, he transferred to ArtCenter College of Design near Los Angeles. He graduated with Distinction three years later. After graduation, Rhythm & Hues Studios, one of the top visual effects companies at that time, offered Shumway a job. His first job at the studio was doing Digital Matte Painting for \u201cX2: X-Men United.\u201d Following that project, Shumway was given the opportunity to transfer to the Animation Department as an animator on \u201cGarfield: The Movie.\u201d Garfield had always been special to Shumway who had spent a lot of time in his youth practicing drawing the famous Hoosier cat. \u201cI wanted to get into animation ever since the fourth grade,\u201d Shumway said. \u201cDrawing was something that I\u2019ve always enjoyed doing. I started drawing Garfield because he was a simple character that I could figure out how to do. I fell in love with the Disney movies in the 1990s and was fascinated that you could take a drawing and make it move and come to life.\u201d Over the course of 10 years, Shumway worked his way up the ranks while honing his craft. He worked on many films during these years, including \u201cThe Chronicles of Narnia,\u201d \u201cNight at the Museum\u201d and \u201cThe Incredible Hulk.\u201d As an animation supervisor, Shumway\u00a0is responsible for leading the team of animators in creating the performance and motion of the digital characters. Working closely with all departments and the client, Shumway is also responsible for the development and building of the characters. In 2007, Shumway was part of the supervisory team behind the Academy Award-winning \u201cThe Golden Compass.\u201d Various talking animals, including monkeys, cats, ferrets, birds, dogs and wolves, were among the characters he supervised on the show. For his work on the 2004 film, \u201cThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,\u201d Shumway received an Annie Award nomination for his animation on Aslan, the great lion. In 2012, Shumway was an Animation Supervisor on the highly acclaimed \u201cLife of Pi.\u201d His team led the development and animation of the film\u2019s central character Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger. Shumway worked on the development of the other animals in the film as well, including the orangutan, zebra, hyena and the cast of meerkats. His work on the tiger earned him a 2013 Annie Award. In 2013, Shumway\u2019s reputation for a strong work ethic and brilliant artistry landed him an opportunity to work at Industrial Light & Magic \u2013 the famed studio of Star Wars \u2013 where he contributed to \u201cTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles\u201d and \u201cJurassic World.\u201d The supervisory animation work that earned Shumway and his team an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects was on \u201cThe Revenant.\u201d Fans of the movie may recall the famous scene where the bear attacks Leonardo DiCaprio. This was the work of Shumway and his team. That work also led to several awards, including the Annie Award, the highest award in animation, and the Visual Effects Society Award for Best Character Animation. While Shumway and his team did not win the Oscar, the experience and thrill of walking the red carpet, not once but multiple times to \u201cmake the most of the experience,\u201d will be one that Shumway will cherish for the rest of his days. \u201c\u2018The Revenant\u2019 turned into such an interesting project,\u201d Shumway said. \u201cI got to go on set and see Leonardo DiCaprio act in person. The whole experience was a great education for me. My team and I were incredibly lucky to be considered and accepted for an Academy Award nomination, and that, I have to say, was quite an exciting moment when you hear your name on TV as being nominated. That was pretty cool. My wife, Amy, and I kind of lost our minds, and then we made pancakes. It was super surreal. You get invited to a lot of the Oscar-related parties and events. It is as fun as it sounds.\u201d When asked about walking the red carpet at the 88th Academy Awards, Shumway described the incredible scene. \u201cIt is insanity on the red carpet,\u201d Shumway exclaimed. \u201cTV doesn\u2019t do it justice as to how crazy it is. We did a couple of interviews, which was fun. It was so chaotic. My wife and I milked it; we went all the way down the line and ran back up to do it all over again. I didn\u2019t know if I would ever be able to do it again, and we had fun with it.\u201d After \u201cThe Revenant,\u201d Shumway was approached to work on the then-untitled Hans Solo film as the overall animation supervisor. As a result, Shumway and his team were also asked to work on parts of "The Last Jedi", including the epic Battle of Crait at the close of the film which was released last December. \u201cI was asked to be part of the \u2018Solo\u2019 movie, which we\u2019re deep into right now, to be an overall animation supervisor. I\u2019ll keep an eye on all the animation throughout the movie, which is daunting but pretty awesome at the same time.\u201d Loyal fans of the Star Wars series and of Shumway can see his work in the film that will be released this coming Memorial Day.