Big winners at DigiCon6
THE One Academy Digital Animation students are often known for their up-todate digital age minds and cutting-edge creative animation talent.
They are also known for participating and winning at various creative competitions such as the recent 15th TBS DigiCon6 Awards.
Organised by Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), the DigiCon6 Awards is an annual competition created to seek out budding animators globally and to reward them for their bold creations. The competition provides animators with opportunities to expand their creativity by supporting their works of art.
Three teams from Malaysia received recog- nition against other Asian participants who are also known for their progressive animation development.
Team Dead Pixel emerged as winners for its eccentric animation entitled Death In D Minor. The team members comprise Cheng Weng Kee, Wan Malini Bt. Wan Shamsir, Peh Win Shen, Fong Kheng Wai and Yap Jian Leng.
According to the team, Death In D Minor was heavily inspired by videogames such as Team Fortress 2 and Monkey Island, focusing on shapes and silhouettes as well as distinguished characters and locations.
The second prize was won by group LOLE for their submission entitled Zzz. The team members consisted of Kael Ngu Shien Howe, Danny Hung Chen Wai, Yeo Chin Peng, Ng Boon Wei and Low Sze Han.
Their thought-provoking animation carries a cartoonish, painted-on feel with cheerful but not so generic-looking 3D animation. The team animated their characters in 3D but made sure they achieved a 2D look so that it resembles a traditionally hand-drawn piece rather than a computer-generated result.
Meanwhile, team Rebel Banana – Goh Siau Wei, Yap Wee Lim, Victor Tan Guan Shing, Chuan Pei Gin and Chua Pei San – received the “Effort” award.
For this submission, the team members’ inspiration came from their love of films, mostly Disney blockbusters. The team was also trying to create a stylised film with 2D elements, but according to the members, they wanted a more efficient 3D result so they incorporated bold and eye-catching colours.
Another The One Academy Alumni team also won a RM50,000 grant at the IPCC 2013, a competition aimed to boost local talents by funding multimedia companies and individuals with creative talents, allowing them to take their ideas to the next level.
The team members that won the grant were P’ng Yi Wei, Lydia Ho, Tee Zhe Yen and Chen Tzer Ming.
To The One Academy, these students are not just award winners, they are living examples and an inspiration to the rest of the aspiring animators in the academy currently pursuing a course in digital animation. The achievements of these students enable them to stand at the forefront of the industry, making it hopeful for more talents to move forward progressively.
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First prize winners Dead Pixel is made up of team members (from left) Peh Win Shen, Yap Jian Leng, Fong Kheng Wai, Cheng Weng Kee and Wan Malini Shamzir.