As one of the leading providers of Digital Entertainment Creation software, Autodesk is proud to provide students with experiences and software to help them succeed in their careers. We congratulate the team from Filmakademie Baden-Wuertemberg and all of this year’s student nominees.
The winning student project this year is “a.maize” created by Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper, and Florian Wittmann of Filmakademie Baden-Wuertemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Using Autodesk Softimage software, the students created visually stunning computer animation of larger than life popcorn explosions set in the streets and plazas of Stuttgart. The promotional trailer captures the anticipation and excitement for the industry’s annual FMX conference in Germany. This is the third time in the award’s four-year history that students from Filmakademie Baden-Wuertemberg have won the award.
“We wanted the FMX trailer to showcase how the conference brings people and ideas together, and filling the city of Stuttgart with giant popcorn pieces was a way for us to convey amazement and wonder. We created the popcorn pieces with Softimage and particularly with ICE (the Softimage Interactive Creative Environment),” said Co-Director Roman Kaelin. “Winning the VES Student Award was a complete surprise, and we are honored and very happy.”
Sponsored by Autodesk, the VES “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project” award was created in 2009 as the result of a challenge to the VES by Steven Spielberg to recognize the future of the visual effects industry (see related video). This year, the VES received entries from around the world. Although it was not a requirement for submission, most nominees used Autodesk 3D animation software to create their short films. The list of nominees for the 2012 award were:
“The high caliber of the films produced by this year’s nominees is evidence that students from around the world are hungry for opportunities to showcase their skills to the visual effects industry,” said Marc Petit, senior vice president of Autodesk Media & Entertainment. “As one of the leading providers of Digital Entertainment Creation software, Autodesk is proud to provide students with experiences and software to help them succeed in their careers. We congratulate the team from Filmakademie Baden-Wuertemberg and all of this year’s student nominees.”
“Every year the quality and art that we see in our student awards category completely blows our socks off. a.maize is a tremendously exciting work of art that uses the same technology and tools as industry professionals to produce the visual effects," said Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the VES.
For more information on the awards and to watch each nominee’s short film, please visit the VES student awards page on AREA, Autodesk’s online community for digital artists.
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About the VES
The Visual Effects Society is a professional, honorary group, dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of visual effects and to upholding the highest uniform standards and procedures for the visual effects profession. The VES is the entertainment industry’s only official organization representing the extended community of visual effects practitioners including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives. For more about the VES, visit www.visualeffectssociety.com.
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