ANIMATION DAZZLES AGAIN
BYU animation and computer science students have done it again. Out of 94 films representing 43 countries at the AMC SIGGRAPH 2012 Computer Animation Festival, BYU won the prize for Best Student Project.
BYU animation and computer science students have done it again. With all the finesse of a Spanish hairdresser, the team created another award-winning short film titled, “Estefan.” The short tells the tale of a world-class hair stylist, who faces the ultimate challenge—a client with no hair. Estefan must create the perfect style for Clara in order to preserve his reputation as the best of the best.
AMC SIGGRAPH (The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) recently announced the winners of the 2012 Computer Animation Festival. Out of the 94 films representing 43 countries judged at the festival, BYU won the prize for Best Student Project.
Jeff Call, who graduated in April with a bachelor’s in animation and worked as director of the film said the six and a half minute film took a team of 12 to 30 students, at any one time, eighteen months to complete. Call said computer science students were a big part of the project—doing more than just coding.
“They helped us out by developing code and generally handling some of the computer system stuff that most of us animation majors have no idea how to do,” he said. “But they did more than just punch numbers. We had computer science majors helping us create effects like fire, water, cloth movement and dust particles, and then a few brave volunteers even did character animation on some of our shots.”
Call said his favorite moment of the year and a half long project was watching the beloved "Zorro of Hair” come to life.
“It was amazing to see a final 2D drawing of Estefan get created, it was incredible to see that drawing of Estefan become a 3D model, and it was breathtaking to see that 3D model of Estefan move as a character and have color and life to him,” he said.
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