Animex Awards 2012
From visual effects to stop motion, computer games art to 3D computer animation, the Animex Student Animation Awards once again invites students from around the world to submit their work into this years' event.
With the ever increasing interest in the 'art' of animation, at Teesside University we are constantly striving to develop new courses that not only accommodate the needs of the aspiring student but courses that also accommodate the requirements of an ever demanding games and animation industry.
Just recently we launched a new MA Concept Art for Games and Animation* that looks at the importance placed on character development, storyboarding, sequential art and drawing techniques in a studio environment. So it's encouraging to see that in this year's competition there has been a notable resurgence of interest in the area of traditional animation techniques, particularly in the area of 2D animation.
What is worth noting about the 2D animations that the judging panel looked at is that despite the availability of some very sophisticated 2D computer animation software that today seeks to mimic the traditional animation production process, it would appear that nothing is as good as the real thing. From drawn animation that looks to discuss the anguish felt by a neglected child growing up in broken home - to drawn animation that looks at the theme of love, this year's pre-selection judging panel concluded that nothing could ever replace the raw emotion that is felt by the animator whilst working with a pencil.