SJSU Scores at 24-Hour Animation Contest

Animation/Illustration students crunch during the 24 Hour Animation Contest (photo courtesy of Angela Wu).

By Angela Wu, Design Lecturer

Animation/Illustration students fired it up all night long for the 24 Hour Animation Contest, a nationwide competition to create 30-second animated films in 24 hours on a specific theme. More than 70 students from San Jose State’s A/I program competed against more than 240 students from 10 schools, with two teams from San Jose winning second and fourth place in the competition.

The theme — “What would you do if you only had 24 hours left to live?” — was given to competitors 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. The teams of five had until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, to conceptualize and complete a 30-second film. Submissions were judged by a panel of industry professionals from studios such as PixarLaika and Yellowshed.

The SJSUAI film, “The Caveman Capsule,” won second place. Team members were Nicki Yee, Grace Lacuesta, Youri Dekker, Ryan Eways and Ryan Ramirez. They were awarded one-year licenses for DIGICEL Flipbook Pro, TOONBOOM Storyboard Pro and Animate Pro.

Another SJSUAI film, “The Cookie of Doom,” won fourth place. Team members were Alvin Concepcion, Clayton Chan, Oscar Guevara, Amanda Sharpe and Hunter Welker. They received Stuart Ng gift certificates and TOONBOOM Storyboard Pro and Animate Pro one-year licenses.

In all, 47 films were completed. The schools that participated in the challenge were CSU Northridge, Middle Tennessee State University, Kendall College, Westwood College, Mount San Antonio Community College, Academy of Art San Francisco, Woodbury University, South Dakota State University, Ringling College of Art and Design and Jarupa Valley High School. Sponsors for the event were Creative Talent Network, Toon Boom, Digicel, ASIFA-Hollywood, DreamWorks and Stuart Ng Books.

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