Wednesday, December 12, 2012

UW-Stout Animations Featured at MET

UW-Stout is proud to announce that twelve different pieces were accepted for inclusion in the 2012 Minnesota Electronic Theater (MET) Festival. MET is an annual, juried animation festival for the state of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  There were eleven student works and one faculty work included in Student and Independent Showcases, respectively. A list of artists and works is below.

Chair of the MET Scott Gaff had this to say about Stout's performance,"It was great to see such a large number of UW-Stout student entries selected for the 2012 Minnesota Electronic Theater. The MSP ACM SIGGRAPH chapter and the MET strongly believes in showcasing student work, and it was encouraging to see so many students from one institution participate.  As a member of the UW-Stout's School of Art and Design Professional Advisory Board,  I attribute this impressive showing to the strides made by the Entertainment Design Program to established itself as a creative force in the region."

In addition to the twelve works featured in the show, one piece received the second place award in the Student Category.  The piece is a 3D animation titled Forge Ahead, and was created by Keith Catalano, Andy Bensen, Tyler Haas, Chayne Bourget, and Tou Xiong.

Forge Ahead

You can view the UW-Stout animations that were featured in the festival, here:

Student Showcase
Stephen Nicksic – The Griefer Machine (3D Animation)
Brandee Anthony – The West Wing (3D Animation)
Matt Culbertson - The Far Watch Tower (Video Composite)
Calvin Keyes - El Perro Del Mar (Excerpt) (Video Composite)
Robbie Bangart – Mill vs. CP (3D Animation)
Juan Sanchez – The Unknown Story (3D Animation)
Dorothea Rossmeisl – It’s a Twister! (3D Animation)
Sam Herder – Not So Fast (3D Animation)
Cody Petts – Reborn (3D Animation)
Cody Vinson – We Live As We Dream (Motion Comic)
Keith Catalano, Andrew Bensen, Tou Xiong, Tyler Haas, Chayne Bourget – Forge Ahead (3D Animation)

Independent Showcase
Dave Beck (Faculty) – Smorgasbord (After Per Lysne) (3D Animation)

For 20 years The Minnesota Electronic Theater has been the annual meeting place for the state’s computer graphics community. It has served as the premiere showcase for locally-produced award-winning animation and a unique venue for computer graphics professionals, educators, and students to socialize. The highpoint of the event is the showing of the MET show reel, a compilation of local animations, graphics and effects, selected by a Jury made up of award winners from last years submissions. More Information can be found here:

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