Kiwi-made Robots Take Over Los Angeles Movie Awards

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Staff & students from the MDS 3D Animation & Visual Effects course picked up seven Los Angeles Movie Awards for Shelved and Dr Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game.

Shelved - made by 3d animation and vfx students

Shelved - Media Design School

Shelved was shot in one day and the actors replaced with fully animated robots by a team of 11 MDS students.

At just over five minutes in duration Shelved packs a punch, beating out full-length films to take the coveted award for Best Animated Film.

The quirky robot stars – Craig and Beano – also took the metal for Best Animated Characters and James Cunningham was acknowledged with the award for Best Director in the animation category. Shelved was shot in one day and the actors replaced with fully animated robots by a team of 11 Media Design School 3D Animation & Visual Effects students.

Meanwhile, Dr Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game also directed by Cunningham with visual effects by Media Design students, took out four awards in the International category – Best Original Score, Best Editing and Best Special Effects. It also received an Award of Excellence for its category.

Cunningham is currently working on a new short film with his 2013 class, which will be revealed later this year.

View both films on the Media Design School Vimeo page.

About Media Design School
Media Design School is New Zealand’s most-awarded private tertiary institution and distinguished by its close alignment to industry. The Auckland-based school offers specialist degrees for emerging creative industries including Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects), Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art), Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming) and Bachelor of Media Design. A range of foundation diplomas and graduate qualifications are also available. Media Design School is part of Laureate International Universities, the world’s largest private university group with over 65 universities in 29 countries, including dedicated design schools in San Diego, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; Berlin and Hamburg, Germany; and Milan, Italy.

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