Congratulations! 10 MFACA alumni are selected as 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Semifinalists this year.
Keys (2013) by Wendy Pei-Wen Su is a motion graphics animation about letting go and moving beyond a stubbornness that can sometimes be deadly and destructive. Through simple illustrations created with bold areas of color and presented in a hybrid 3D space, Su draws her audience into a playful and charming world as she delivers her emotional message. (Animation Category)
In the End, I Understood (2013) by Min Liu is a 2D hand-drawn rotoscoped animation, which poetically conveys the filmmaker’s emotional response to the loss of her friend to cancer. Composed from live footage, which is overlaid with frame-by-frame drawings to create an ink-like visual effect, the film seeks to share with a larger audience the complex range of sentiments that we all feel when confronted with death — surprise, sadness and a profound re-evaluation of life itself. (Animation Category)
Xun Wang’s “IRON HANS" (2013) adapts traditional animation techniques to retell Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, which transport the viewer to Xun’s childhood bedroom when she would listen to books on tapes with her mind drifting between reality and dreams. Here is the blog for this project: http://ironhans.wordpress.com (Animation Category)
Beyoutiful by Hsin Pei Liu (2012) is a hybrid 2.5D animation, which explores gender identity and our society’s need to always categorize one’s gender as either male or female. By using a playful color palette and paper constructions built in After Effects, Liu tackles a serious subject in a disarming way, and opens a dialogue without forcing a narrow view on gender. (Animation Category)
Joonsung Lee's An Endorphin Generator (2013) is web application that generates random Christmas patterns with chosen sound. It is based in the processing language as well as using HTML5, CSS3, PHP and WEBGL. This app will present the experience of patterns in which respond to manipulation of interactive canvas. The interactivity will attempt to give the participants an endorphin rush similar to that experienced at Christmas. There are three main components: patterns, colors and sounds. The patterns in this project came from winter related theme, ‘Norwegian’ and ‘Fair Isle’ which combines repetitive geometric shapes, snowflakes and reindeers. Each module of sections is nested by code. Once all the components are selected, it shows Christmas patterns depending on the number of cases randomly. The resulting page is programmed so that it is possible to access different gestures of sketches with the same contents, enabling users to face several visual patterns. You can check out the website here. (Installation Category)
John Mattiuzzi’s “The Compositor" (2012) has won Alternative Category Bronze Medal at 40th Student Academy Awards. The film is a neo-magico-surreal-autobiographical-futuristic-contemporary-psychological-experimental-coming-of-age-in-a-dark-comedy-fantasy-film that follows Paul, a New York City digital film compositor, struggling to decode his mind-body existence. While confronting the daily digital realities that he creates, Paul begins to submerge into the illusions that he is sworn to uphold. For information about “The Compositor" you can find out from the film official website, facebook and John Mattiuzzi’s twitter. (Editing and Post Production Category)
Tri-anquil (2013) by Jin Ah Kim is a 3d video mapping projection based on motion graphics inspired by nature and deeply rooted to sound. The synergy of lights, fragmented symbols within Kim’s surreal dreamlike environment surround the viewer as they pulsate to ‘It Is You And Me’ by Smacksoft. Kim’s message is powerful, yet her method is deceptively simple. (Editing and Post Production, Installation Design & Motion Graphics Categories)
KKOOM (2013) by Jain Lee is a short abstracted 3D motion graphic work, whose title translates as “dream” in Korean. Based on Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, it is a story about dreams and hopes as experienced through a “between” space that Lee calls “digilog”. It is a realm where the digital and analog are united and thus transformed as she shares a journey that delivers deep reflections through visual pleasure. (Editing and Post Production, Animation & Motion Graphics Categories)
Alicia Martin's Reminiscence (2013) is a mixed media mural installation that combines digital and oil painting techniques with video projection in order to play with the dimensionality of the flat image. Shown through the form of a surreal dreamscape, the installation alters light and space within the image to recreate a sense of ‘inbetweenness’ and explore the eternal conflict between our rational and primitive selves. The painting depicts a mysterious interior space populated with biomorphic hybrid forms coexisting in uneasy balance.
(Rêve) olution (2013) by Rodrigo Olivar is a film based triptych installation that tells the story of a ludic/dreamy world with no rules, language nor pre-fixed ideas. Shown through the instinctive actions of a blissfully absorbed dancer, a passionate couple, and three playful kids, this world evolves into chaos and is ultimately condemned by “reason”. Through visceral soundscapes and alluring imagery, Olivar encourages an experiential focus that pushes the viewer’s emotional limits. (Editing and Post Production Category)
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