VisionFest Video Competition!

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Design, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Illustration, Music, Photography

Are you into creating moving images? Do you want to travel and get exhibited?

15-60 seconds of awesomeness packaged into a short video is all you need to enter the Frontier VisionFest competition. Keen? Well you should be, the grand prize will blow your mind – an all inclusive scholarship with flights to ArtFest, Santa Fe in the U.S of A! ArtFest is three weeks of creative wizardry with workshops held by international experts, covering multiple disciplines in art and design. This is your ultimate opportunity to travel and grow as and artist / designer.

On top of this the best work will be exhibited at the Outdoor Vision Fest, a series of events with environmental and interactive projections around the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Add this to your resume!

Sounds like a dream? Well it’s not, so get to work!

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Arts
Creative Writing and Literature Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Arts
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Contemporary Music
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Photography
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Design
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Performance

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The Death of an Insect

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, motion graphics


Mesmerising, beautiful, haunting, magical…Only some of the adjectives you may utter upon viewing this short film. Please do not be put off by the title. Yes, the video is moody and dark, but in the best way possible! Trust me. Though, if bugs make you squeamish, beware – you are about to come face to face with some magnified critters.

Death of an Insect premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival in 2010, but the full version appeared on Vimeo more recently, after being screened at over 50 festivals around the world. The creators are Finnish pair Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen, with music by Joonatan Portaankorva. Together they operate as film production company Pohjankonna Oy. They have also created several documentary shorts which push the boundaries of the genre and are a worth a watch, you can find them on their website.

Death of an Insect is undoubtedly the most striking of their films, and I would imagine the most complex to make. I am no expert in animation, 3D or visual effects technologies and normally prefer “old-school” hand-drawn, stop-motion or model animation. Let’s not forget that Vladislav Starevich’s 1912 classic “The Cameraman’s Revenge” used stop-motion to animate insects a century ago. However, this short film seamlessly blends traditional techniques and innovative technology. Photography, a 3D-modelling x-ray scanner, After Effects, Modo, stop-motion, Syntheyes – this mix of tools and techniques must have required extensive experimentation and play to get right! The outcome feels like an eerie blend of vintage footage and a strange, insect-infested apocalyptic future. Watch it now, if you haven’t already!

Check out the making-of clip on their Vimeo channel, and a comprehensive series of posts detailing the creative process here.

Anna Tokareva

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)
Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)
Bachelor of Media Design (Graphic Design, Interactive, Motion Graphics)

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Arts
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts
Masters of Art in Film and New Media

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
http://www.newschoolarch.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)

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Winner announcement – Digital Design Scholarship to New Zealand

Category: 3D Animation, Advertising, Animation, Design, Film / Multimedia, Graphic Design, Illustration, motion graphics

Well … this was long time coming so happy to announce the winner of the Media Design School 50% scholarship competition.

We’ve been looking for a talent who want’s to take his craft to the next level in the fields of 3D, VFX, Graphics or Interactive design. This opportunity will land our winner in Auckland New Zealand (Middle Earth ring a bell?), where he / she will attend Media Design School, the multiple award-winning academic powerhouse delivering cutting-edge industry skills in digital design.

This was an incredibly complex and tough decision for our judges to decide on. There was an overwhelming positive response to this scholarship and tonnes of hot portfolios were submitted.

We had two expert judges from Media Design School to evaluate the applications.

The Judges

Steve Dorner is the Programme Leader, of the Bachelor of Art and Design programme at Media Design School. His many successful years in broadcast and post production have covered a wide variety of production disciplines from conceptual storyboarding, direction and execution of projects both in New Zealand and overseas. Most recently Stephen has held the position of Art Director at TV stations in Tucson, Auckland and Los Angeles where he specialised in broadcast identities, motion design and visual effects compositing.

Brian Samuels 3D & Animation lecturer is a true Hollywood veteran who joined Media Design School with more than 40 years experience in the film industry. Originally from California, Brian has worked on everything from Battlestar Galactica to X-Files and moved to New Zealand in 2000 for Lord of the Rings. After almost a decade at Weta as a senior technical director, he eventually found his way to Media Design School, where students can benefit from his extraordinary knowledge of the industry. Read more about him here.

So this scholarship goes to …
Sercan Tunali from Istambul, Turkey!
Secran won a 50% scholarship to Media Design School’s Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Graduate Certificate course. He will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of his craft and take it all to the next level!

Our judges said about his portfolio: “Sercan’s work has a really fresh and original style. The design is imaginative and well executed with excellent attention to detail, visually interesting compositions and intriguing use of colour. The work shows various creative solutions coupled with outstanding visual communication and storytelling. The resulting work is fun and entertaining, we want to see more of this work.”

See it for yourself:


Congratulations!

PS: In case Sercan can’t attend for some reason, we’ll announce a new winner.
PPS: Based on the overwhelming response to this scholarship, keep an eye out for more opportunities to Media Design School.

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Art & Design - 3D Animation & Visual Effects
Graduate Diploma - VFX & Motion Graphics - Graduate Diploma in Creative Technologies

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Bot & Dolly’s Box

Category: 3D Animation, Design, Film / Multimedia, motion graphics

Well this is impressive. Seriously impressive. Box is a production by Bot and Dolly that is on one hand is a creative project, and on the other, a technical demonstration. 3D mapping burst onto the scene a number of years back and was used pretty much everywhere in the world as a tool for promotion and as a way to engage audiences in a new way. Box has taken this (potentially overused) genre into a completely new sphere and the result is incredible.

If you’re not familiar with the process of 3D mapping, it’s essentially a technique where computer generated 3D visuals are produced on a canvas that perfectly match a real world object. It could be a building, or as in Box’s case, a simple white plane. The 3D model is then projected onto that object producing a real world 3D aesthetic. Bot and Dolly, specialists in automation, robotics and filmmaking have taken it a step further by incorporating all their specialties into one project. The mechanical arms are just genius and exciting. The aesthetic is fantastic, the precise motion control incredible, and the interaction between human, machine and technology perfectly weighted. The resulting work is dynamic, but in a way where complex systems are left to do the talking…. and that’s what they’re doing, talking, playing, interacting and providing a beautifully choreographed show.

Amazing.

Logan Bradley

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor Software Engineering (Game Programming)
Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)
Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)
Bachelor of Media Design (Graphic Design, Interactive, Motion Graphics)

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Frontier Digital Design Scholarship To New Zealand!

Category: 3D Animation, Advertising, Animation, Design, Film / Multimedia, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive, motion graphics, Packaging Design, Photography, Web Design

Okay, this is a BIG opportunity. If you’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand AND hone your digital design skills then keep reading as we have the perfect Frontier scholarship waiting for you!

New Zealanders think outside the box and eagerly adopt new technology – that’s why they are leading the world in digital design. Now, Frontier is teaming up with the award-winning Media Design School to get you in on the action.

We are offering a post-graduate scholarship for an exceptional graduate or working creative who wants to push the boundaries of their creativity with advanced study in Advanced 3D Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Interactive Design or Graphic Design.

The scholarship
Frontier is offering a scholarship that covers 50% of the total course costs on Graduate Certificates within the study areas of Advanced 3D Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Interactive Design or Graphic Design starting in February 2014.

How to enter
All you have to do is to make sure your Frontier portfolio page is looking flaming hot! Then apply for the scholarship by filling out the application form. It is extremely important to ensure you are eligible, so please see more details here. The deadline to apply is October 4, 2013.

Wow, another life-changing opportunity. Get in there and take it!

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