Animation students completing their Masters and Post Graduate Degrees at Wits Digital Arts produced 1 minute short films as part of a collaborative project in 2013. The students worked in small production groups, each specializing on a specific part of the 3D pipeline. The groups also collaborated with 4th Year Music Students from the School of the Arts for the score and sound design for each film. The course is an intensive 1 year Post Graduate degree in which students from varying backgrounds come together to learn the art of animation.
One of the teams completed a successful short which the lecturers chose to submit to Film Festivals across the world. To date, The short film entitled Amoeba has been selected for screening at the Stuttgart Festival for Animated Films (ITFS 2014) in the Young Animation category; the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International in the Animation – Shorts category and has won a Silver World Medal at the New York Film Festival in the Student Film category. The film is about a microscopic single celled organism called Fred. Every day, it would play by itself in the vast empty expanse of the petri dish. It was a lonely existence; it had no friends, nobody to talk to and nobody to share its experiences with. And then one day the cell decided that that it had had enough and it would end its lonely existence leaving this cruel world behind.
Team Awesome (animators and creators) are:
Johan Van Rooyen
This is the first time Digital Arts Animation students have achieved this kind of success and produced such a well scripted, animated and finished piece. Congratulations to the team and staff involved in the project.