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CSULB professor’s student animation competition celebrates 20th year – Daily News

Working towards the clock and managing staff dynamics are a couple of of the abilities that animators must be taught earlier than going into the trade, based on Aubry Mintz, a professor of animation at Cal State Long Beach.

Inspiring college students to grasp these expertise and others outdoors of a classroom led Mintz to begin the 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students, throughout which a whole bunch of college and highschool college students are put to the problem of making a 30-second animated movie that creatively interprets a theme in 24 hours.

This year’s competition – its 20th anniversary – began at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Winners have been introduced every week later.

Although 30 seconds might not seem to be lots, within the animation trade it’s about 5 to six months of labor, stated Mintz. He added that it’s the size of a industrial however college students discover the drive to finish it within the warmth of the competition.

“If you can get across a message in 30 seconds,” Mintz stated, “then (students) get the art of simplifying messaging, and simplifying the story.”

When Mintz was working the animation program at Laguna College of Art and Design 20 years in the past, he stated he was stunned that college students didn’t have the robust work ethic wanted to enter the animation trade.

“So, I challenged them one night and said ‘I won’t leave the classroom until the last person leaves’,” he stated, some college students stayed all evening till dawn.

“They go more done in those 18 hours than they had all semester,” he stated, “then a lightbulb went off in my head, if you challenge students with something that is not just for the grade, but you give them their own ownership with it, they’ll meet the challenge and so I started the contest.”

Each year, Mintz would invite an increasing number of colleges to take part. When Mintz moved to Cal State Long Beach in 2007, he introduced the competition with him. It finally was opened to different CSU colleges and now’s open to colleges in 17 totally different nations.

This year’s competition featured a report 297 groups competing from 86 colleges from 17 nations. There have been 71 universities – together with Cal State Long Beach – and 50 excessive colleges.

Teams included colleges from the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, India, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and South Africa. New this year have been colleges from Kenya, Nigeria, New Zealand and Russia.

“We do this to build community,” stated Mintz, when saying the foundations and theme of the competition to the a whole bunch of scholars on the livestream. “At the end of the day, we are all just artists making animated products. Let’s have a good time.”

There have been seven groups from Cal State Long Beach and two positioned within the competition. Keyframe Coffee Break gained second place and The Doodlers gained fourth place.

Cal State Long Beach hosted the 20th anniversary of the 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students based by CSULB animation professor Aubry Mintz on Friday, Oct. 14. (Photo by Christina Merino, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Rules of the competition point out that college students can create their movie by way of any medium — similar to conventional or cease movement animation — so long as there may be frame-by-frame manipulation in each body of the movie, Mintz stated. The groups create all art work from scratch as they work from their residence colleges and publish the animations on YouTube earlier than the deadline.

Films are judged by trade animators, similar to Angela Abeyti, character and prop designer for Nickelodeon; Grace Babineau, background painter at Bento Box; and Ryan Stapleton, storyboard artist at Fox Television Animation.

The judges choose the profitable groups primarily based on storytelling, artwork path, animation, manufacturing worth, creativity, interpretation of the theme and degree of completion of the movie.

This year’s theme: envision the predictions of the longer term ahead 100 years.

The seven profitable groups will obtain money prizes, new animation software, and the chance to take a seat down with Disney animation executives.

A couple of of the sponsors for the prizes, Mintz stated, embody Toon Boom Animation, Illumination, Bento Box, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon and Walt Disney Animation.

“It’s been a 20-year journey getting more sponsors, so this is the biggest yet,” he stated in an interview. “We see the results every year and they are excited that students are doing something on their own and not just for an assignment, so they want to get behind it.”

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