28 February 2013
Students from the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) were Highly Commended at the Animated Exeter 2013 Awards.
Rory Waudby-Tolley, a BA (Hons) Computer Visualisation and Animation student at the NCCA, was Highly Commended in The Graduate New Talent Award for Animation Direction, for his feature Merfolk.
Merfolk is filmed in a faux-documentary style about what happens when mermen are forced to live among humans, and the jury said it had "great storytelling".
You can watch Merfolk here: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i79pbbPnN7E
Jack Kersey, Anthony Green and David Khosab, who are also on the BA (Hons) Computer Visualisation and Animation course were Highly Commended in The Graduate - New Talent Award for Technical Excellence category for their group project Azoic.
Azoic is based in a fictional world populated by computer-inspired creatures and environments – including computer mice growing on trees, and fields of fibre optics.
The jury said the feature was "outstanding" with "excellent sound design."
You can watch Azoic here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DcpV3MNIUY
Animated Exeter is one of the largest animation festivals in the country, with around 20,000 visitors, and aims to inspire young people and showcase high quality animation.
This year's festival took place from 18th to 23rd February at locations across Exeter and featured over 18 animation competitions.
The jury was made up of industry experts including Lisa Pacheco from HiT Entertainment; Richard Mitchelson and Malcolm Mole from Mind Candy; Campbell MacAllister, 3D Animator and Vicky Brophy, from Wonky Pictures.