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Monday - August 13, 2001
- Student Animator Wins Trip to SIGGRAPH
- Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
- New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
- News Link of the Day - Feeling the Virtual Force in LA

Student Animator Wins Trip to SIGGRAPH
(edited press release) Twenty-one-year-old Cody Pierson of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh was the first place prize winner in The Art Institutes - Journey Education Marketing National Animation Competition. He won an all-expense paid trip to the SIGGRAPH Conference as well as a package of leading animation software.

Pierson's winning entry featured a rhino racing across a desert, which stops suddenly in mid charge to watch a television showing four short vignettes that demonstrate Pierson's experiments with animation and style. He developed the animation using 3D Studio Max from Discreet and Adobe After Effects.

"We were impressed with the professional look of the entries we received as well as the imaginative, real-life quality of the subjects," says Mike Fischler, CEO and President of Journey. "Based on what we've seen, the future of animation is alive and well."

Second place prize went to Andre Romano, 25, of The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Romano's two-minute animation, developed on Alias|Wavefront's Maya and edited with Adobe After Effects, takes place in a bar and features 10 wine glasses in pursuit of a bottle of wine attempting to get away.

Larry Boos, 25, of The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, won third prize for his story of "Gooboos" original animated characters of his own design.

Each winner receives a combination of software packages from Discreet that include 3D Studio Max 4.0, Character Studio, Combustion and Reactor. The Art Institutes - Journey Education Marketing Animation Competition was open to students of The Art Institutes system of schools nationwide and was judged by industry experts of a top employer in the field.

Click here to see the winning animated feature.

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Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by Today's DVD releases only consists of two anime's as outlined below:

ANieA Under 7 - Poor Girl Blues (Vol. 1) (anime)
Sailor Moon S - Heart Collection IV: TV Series, Vols. 7 & 8 (1995 - anime)

In other DVD news, DreamWorks is releasing Shrek on Friday, November 2, to compete against Pixar's theatrical Monsters, Inc.. DVDs and videos are always released on Tuesdays, showing direct intent by DreamWorks to try and sabotage the results of Monsters, Inc. with the Friday, November 2 release of the 2-disc DVD. is now accepting pre-orders for the Shrek DVD. Click here. is also accepting pre-orders for The Phantom Menace DVD. Click here.

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New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
(by A new edition of the dFX Animation and Visual Effects newsletter will be delivered via email to those who are subscribed. Each free issue of the newsletter contains news stories and features not found in regular Digital Media FX updates. Get a sneak peek behind Jim Hill's newest column along with the latest news from SIGGRAPH 2001. Click here to subscribe.

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News Link of the Day - Feeling the Virtual Force in LA

According to BBC News:

"In the virtual world you can look but not really touch, at least not yet.

As 6,800 multimedia experts from 75 countries gather in Los Angeles for the annual Siggraph Convention, it is becoming clear virtual reality is becoming chillingly real.

Imagine being able to smell the disgusting breath of dinosaurs in a future version of Jurassic Park and feel the ground shake as they approach..."

Click here for the full story.

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