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Spotlight: Animation Area

Monday, Jul 11, 2016

WHAT’S NEWS at NYU KANBAR ANIMATION 

Aidan Terry with NYU President Andrew Hamilton
Aidan Terry with NYU President Andrew Hamilton

AIDAN TERRY (Class of 2016), who dazzled the Tisch Gala audience with his Virtual Reality dimensional drawings, has been hired by master animator Glen Keane (Beauty and the Beast; The Little Mermaid; Tarzan) as part of a six-person team animating a short independent animated film on Kobe Bryant's poem, "Dear Basketball." The hand-drawn project, which starts on August 1 through October, was produced by Bryant's production company Kobe Studios in collaboration with Believe Entertainment Group.  Music for "Dear Basketball" will be composed by John Williams.

ANDREW COATS (Class of 2004) and LOU HAMOU-LHADJ (Class of 2008), both currently artists at Pixar Studios, produced after-hours a short film, Borrowed Time, which won Best in Show at this year’s 43rd SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, the world’s largest annual event in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The SIGGRAPH win qualifies the film for Oscar consideration, but the film was already in contention thanks to earlier Oscar-qualifying wins at the St. Louis and Nashville film festivals.  Made over the course of five years, Borrowed Time tells the tale of a weathered sheriff grappling with past mistakes. Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) wrote and performed the film’s music.

Still from "Egg" by Jack Wedge
Still from "Egg" by Jack Wedge

JACK WEDGE (Class of 2019), was honored by the popular animation website Cartoon Brew, when it named Egg, Jack’s 8-minute short, the Pick of the Week (on June 27).  Egg,which was Jack’s project in Intro to Animation class, was showcased in the NYU Kanbar Spring Animation Showcase.  Jack will be a sophomore in the fall. http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cartoon-brew-pick/egg-jack-wedge-141078.html