“Bridge,” by Ting Chian Tey of Academy of Art University, took first place in animation last Saturday when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation hosted its 32nd College Television Awards.
The awards ceremony in Los Angeles honored the nation’s best student-produced work in video, digital and film production. Mary Lynn Rajskub of 24 hosted the gala, sponsored by the organization which hands out the Emmys.
The three-minute, computer-animated Bridge is a story about four animal characters trying to cross a bridge, but ending up as obstacles to one another in the process. The moral behind this story revolves around how there are often disagreements or competing paths in life, and the possible results of pride, obstinance and compromise.
Second place in animation went to The Girl and the Fox, by Nicholas William Allred and Tyler Kupferer of Savannah College of Art and Design.
The film also received the first-ever Focus on Diversity and Gender Equality in Children’s Media award. The $5,000 award presentation was made by actress Geena Davis of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
DreamGiver, by Tyler Carter of Brigham Young University’s Center for Animation, took third place in animation. It was also honored for best composition (R. Lance Montgomery, II of BYU’s School of Music).
About a boy who’s saved from a horrifying nightmare, DreamGiver is the 11th recipient of a College Television Award by BYU’s animation in eight years. Carter got the idea for the six-minute film over two years ago while eating at an Orem Arctic Circle with his wife more.
“I had this idea come into my head of where do dreams come from and where do nightmares come from and how do you stop a nightmare,” said Carter, who is graduating in animation after serving internships at Disney and Pixar. “I wrote the ideas on the back of whatever I had — a napkin and the back of a business card,” added Carter, 25.
DreamGiver was first planned as a side project while students were making another film that would have been their main thesis. However, that film wasn’t completed in time.
“It never felt like a side film for us who worked on it,” said Carter. “There was more passion and love for this film than any film we’ve had in awhile. There was so much dedication. We wanted to make a very good film, and we wanted people to see it.”
It took 18 months for 46 BYU students to produce DreamGiver. The film uses 3-D computer animation, along with 2-D artwork during the dream sequences.
According to Montgomery, this is the second straight year that BYU has won the College Television Award for music composition. In addition, Montgomery received an honorable mention for his music for a feature-length live-action film from the university.
“It was an amazing experience. It’s exciting because it’ll open a lot of opportunities,” said Montgomery, who credits such film composers as Danny Elfman (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and John Williams (Star Wars) as his inspiration. “It will definitely speed up my career.”
Previous winners of College Television Awards including Jorge Gutierrez, the Emmy-winning creator of El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera.
[Via Salt Lake Tribune – http://www.sltrib.com/…ation-award.html.csp]