Friday, 18 October 2019

Escape Studios in "Zero Budget Film Festival"

Many congratulations to the makers of Jericho, Vivi Ossa and Minuet, who are all award winners in this year's Zero Budget Film Festival, which takes place annually in Sheffield. This year the festival is on Saturday November 16th at 7pm.

All three prize-winning films were completed by our graduating class of animators and 3D artists, who will be receiving their well-earned degrees at the graduation ceremony on November 7th.

We're delighted to have three winners in a single contest, and we hope that at least some of our students will be able to make it to Sheffield to attend the event on the big night. 

Directed by Sarah Andrews and produced by Matt Wight, Jericho is a short film about a lonely robot who builds a friend.

It was short-listed this year for a BAFTA Student Film Award, and was featured at the BFI London Film Festival, including an on-stage Q&A with the BFI's Justin Johnson.

Jericho was also "highly commended" at this year's Rookies competition, and it also won the 2019 VFX Prize at the Festival Film Merveilleux in Paris. 

With a running time of 5 minutes and 46 seconds, Minuet is our most ambitious short film to date. Overseen by third year animation tutor Michael Davies, and directed by Aaron Hopwood and Harry Pearson, the project was animated in Maya, and rendered in Unreal Engine.

Minuet was developed from a pitch by Harry Pearson, and was completed as part of our third year undergraduate animation students' final year Studio Project, in which students collaborate to work together as a team.

Minuet is a short film about a young concert pianist who, while preparing for her next performance, encounters misfortune - and finds help in an unlikely place.

Our team projects at Escape Studios simulate the kind of work environment students will encounter in a commercial studio, dividing tasks, meeting deadlines, and dealing with feedback and notes.

Vivi Ossa

Vivi Ossa from piraveen satkunam on Vimeo.

Vivi Ossa (Latin for "living bones") is a story about a museum visitor who brings ancient bones to life through the power of music. It's a very short film - only two shots - but as you watch it, note that the entire environment is digital; the students created the museum and all the objects inside it from scratch.

Directed by Callum Walters and produced by Matthew Wight, Vivi Ossa brought together many craft disciplines, including CG, compositing, roto, prep, keying, integrating a live action character into a digital set and, of course, animation.

Zero Budget Film Festival - Where and When
The Zero Budget Film Festival takes place on Saturday November 16th. Doors open at 7pm; show starts promptly at 7.30pm. Entrance is free; there are no tickets or reserved seating. The event takes place at Christ Church, Pitsmoor Road, Sheffield S3 9AQ.  Oh, and bring cake; the organisers say there will be a big cake-eating-fest during the interval.

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