Battling it out 'to change the world' with animation

Battling it out 'to change the world' with animation

Design enthusiasts will be muscling it out and testing their skills against each other next month as part of the Panorama 2010 Asia-Pacific Design Challenge at Kuala Lumpur. The event brings designers, architects, engineers and digital artists together, who will compete under a “change the world" theme. And thrown in the mix of competitors is a Kiwi team from Massey University’s Institute of Communication Design. Referred to as the ‘Three Amigos’, the team—comprised of Yannick Gillain, Felix Telfer and Shinji Dawson—were selected by international software firm Autodesk for the three-day game development challenge, which will take the form of a reality TV show. 

The winning team receives $US1200 (NZ$1567), a team trophy and Autodesk Maya software and certificates for each member. 

All three Amigos have recently by employed by Wellington design company Source and have examples of their digital animation work on display as part of the Exposure exhibition at this year’s BLOW creative arts festival at the Wellington campus. 

Their digital animation short film, Circuit, looks humorously at conflicting technologies and man's desire to constantly upgrade while neglecting the consequences of the technology left behind. 

Back row from left; Accompanied by a character from the short film Circuit, Animators, Yannick Gillain and Shinji Dawson with Keir Husson from the Insitute of Communication Design. Front row from left, Felix Telfer, Catherine Frischmuth from Digital Video Technologies, which is the agency for competition sponsor Autodesk, and Gray Hodgkinson.

In the meantime, you can catch a glimpse of last years animated finalist entries below.