News Bites: Digital Media Students Find Success in International 24-Hour Animation Competition

Posted October 26, 2016 in Digital Art and Design, Student, News Bites

Students in the Digital Media program at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) recently put their animation skills to the test and came out near the top of the 14th annual 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students.

The contest challenges teams of five college/university students from around the world to complete a 30-second animated film entirely from scratch, including animation, color, and sound. Submissions are judged by a panel of industry experts working for the likes of DreamWorks, Monolith Productions, ShadowMachine, and Blue Sky Studios.

Digital Media Students(above and below): Digital Media students working on their submissions to the 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students

Digital Media students

This year, 138 teams from 29 schools participated, including three from KCAD. Teams were asked to create an animation that included a wall, either physical or metaphorical.

The Crudmuffin Crew, consisting of students Dan Deschaine, James Driessche, Landon Holzwarth, Chloe Stewart, and Andrew Zesiger took 15th place. Their submission depicts two intergalactic explorers both trying to claim the same planet for their home world.

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Sushi Studios, which included students Danielle Cowell, Kaitlynne Heyworth, Ethan Smith, Caleb Sumney, and Aubrie Werner, took 28th place. Their submission depicts a daring rescue of a puppy princess by a brave tortoise and hare.

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The Rhinestone Cowboys, consisting of students Rae Barrett, Rachel Brewer, Krystal Hertlein, Paige Miller, and Alex Sophabmisay, took 37th place. Their submission depicts an isolated monochromatic figure discovering a colorful alternate reality.

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