Bridge” takes top college TV award for animation

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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]

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