Top animation studios scope out UTS graduates at End-of-Year Show
"Automat" by Oliver Abbott - winner of Best use of 3D. Prize given by Krista Jordan at Animal Logic.
The first cohort of students to graduate from UTS Animation’s Honours degree have walked away with job offers and industry-sponsored awards at their final year exhibition.
Flying Bark Productions producer Tracy Lenon presented the Best Film award:
“My colleagues and I were really impressed with the standard of work, and the originality, across the board of the final year students. It was a tough decision for the group of judges as so many of the final works ticked all the boxes of great design and storytelling,” shared Tracy.
“In the end we selected The Wandering Albatross because of the accomplished technical achievement and outstanding animation.” The win for the 5-minute animation, created by Alex Jeremy, Alex Karonis and Joel Best, attracted widespread industry praise and caught the attention of studio executives looking to recruit the next generation of local animators.
“All three of us were presented with job opportunities at the show, and I know a few others who also were as well,” said Joel after the show.
“The win felt really great! After seeing all the other films we thought there were some strong contenders who also could have won. It was really satisfying after all the hard work to hear that the judges and the public enjoyed the film,” he continued.
"Wandering Albatross” - winner of Best Film by Alex Jeremy, Alex Karonis and Joel Best. Prize given by Tracy Lenon, Producer at Flying Bark Productions.
The film, which took nine months to make, is set in the centre of a freezing, misty lake. Inspired by the life of writer Sterling Heyden, the story follows a struggling writer's solitary fishing trip, which is disrupted by an uninvited guest from the bottom of a whisky bottle.
“The support we’ve received from renowned film studios has been phenomenal. We work very hard to ensure our graduates are ready to jump into professional settings,” commented UTS Animation course director Damian Gascoigne.
As the first ever cohort of the UTS Bachelor of Animation (Honours) prepare to graduate and embark on their professional career, many will look for opportunities to screen their films at international festivals.
Other awards included Best Story for "Tilly and Luna" by Johnny Attard, Julie Ly, and Hae Min Lee; and Best Design for "Femme Enfant" by Bonnie Forsyth and Grace Lim.
"Tilly and Luna” - winner of Best Story by Johnny Attard, Julie Ly and Hae Min Lee. Prize given by Stu Connolly, Managing Director at Sticky Pictures.
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