Our 2014 Pitch Party Winners
Tby Shelby Christie
he judges’ top pick this year is Fuse, a pitch from Canadian student Shelby Christie of Moncton, New Brunswick.
Christie, an animation student at New Brunswick Community College, says she always watched cartoons but developed a huge interest in art and animation watching her younger brother as he grew up. Her favorites included an early 1990s Canadian series called The Legend of White Fang and Sailor Moon. Her interest in art led her to major in animation and to come up with the idea for Fuse.
Her younger brother also inspired her pitch, about a boy named Elliott who lives about 100 or so years in the future in a kind of junkyard with his aunt. He’s skilled at building things but also a little scatterbrained.
This all plays out during a sort of planetary civil war between advocates of using technology to the max and those who prefer letting the Earth revert to a more natural state.
“I just really wanted to take this character who wasn’t used to having a lot of responsibility and throwing him into a situation that would really test him,” says Christie.
She gave Elliott two brothers to add some dynamics to the show.
As the winner of the Pitch Party Contest, Christie will have the chance to pitch her show directly to the judge of her choosing, as well as a digital subscription to Animation Magazine.