Big win­ners at Digi­Con6

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for The One Academy’s ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

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.

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