Two Ringling College Computer Animators Capture 2011 Student Academy Award®!

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that 2011 Computer Animation graduates Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis were winners in the 38th Annual Student Academy Awards® competition, capturing the Bronze Medal in the Animation category. Mr. Geller and Ms. Lewis were among only 15 students from colleges and universities around the world who were honored as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official awards ceremony held June 11 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. According to the Academy, winners are chosen from entries received by more than 500 colleges and universities worldwide.

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Ringling College Animated film winners Stevie Lewis (left) and Avner Geller, prior to the 38th Annual Student Academy Awards® in Beverly Hills. Photo credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

We are honored and humbled to have our student work appreciated by the Academy on such a consistent basis." Ringling College Computer Animation Department Head Jim McCampbell

Beverly Hills, CA and Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that 2011 Computer Animation graduates Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis were winners in the 38th Annual Student Academy Awards® competition, capturing the Bronze Medal in the Animation category.

Mr. Geller and Ms. Lewis were among only 15 students from colleges and universities around the world who were honored as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official awards ceremony held June 11 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. According to the Academy, winners are chosen from entries received by more than 500 colleges and universities worldwide.

Last week the students participated in a slate of industry-related activities and social events culminating in the awards ceremony, which featured as presenters actress Jennifer Garner, Oscar®-nominated animator John Musker, and Academy Award-winning producer Edward Zwick alongside Academy President Tom Sherak.

Ringling College Faculty Advisor and alumna Heather Thomson reflected on the achievement of Geller and Lewis, “Just the other day I came across a quote I planned to share with my students this fall: ‘Every success is built on the ability to do better than good enough.’ Stevie and Avner exemplify this way of thinking. While working on their Senior Thesis Film, (Defective Detective) they constantly made adjustments to improve the film in many aspects – whether it be the design, story, or animation – their passion for creating the best film possible shows in their final product. Defective Detective is not only entertaining, but also visually appealing, and unique. They deserve any recognition given to them. Congratulations to two amazing artists and wonderful people,” Thomson said.

Avner and Stevie credited their families, friends, and Ringling College Computer Animation Faculty and classmates in their acceptance speeches, available online at: http://www.oscars.org/video/watch/38saa_animation_bronze.html

While all winners knew they would each receive an award, their placement – Gold, Silver or Bronze – was not revealed until the ceremony. In addition to a trophy, Bronze Medal award winners Geller and Lewis received a $2,000 prize. To view their animation, please go to http://www.ringling.edu/DefectiveDetective

The Ringling College students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region was permitted to send to the Academy up to three finalists in each of the four categories. Academy members then screened the finalists' films and voted to select the winners.

Since 1998, Ringling College students have won eight Student Academy Awards, including three Gold, two Silver, and three Bronze medals. Seven of these awards have been received during the past 10 years. Ringling College Computer Animation Department Head Jim McCampbell acknowledged the Academy’s recognition of Ringling students during his leadership of the department, saying, “We are honored and humbled to have our student work appreciated by the Academy on such a consistent basis. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Ringling College of Art and Design have nurtured the creative lives of so many young filmmakers, and this award is perhaps the single most important accolade one can receive.”

A list of past Ringling College Student Academy Award® winners includes:

25th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 14, 1998
MEDALIST: Gold
FILM TITLE: “Jataka”
RCAD CREDITS: Peter Choe, Neal Nellans
SYNOPSIS: A boy’s journey to release the soul of an old warrior.

29th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 9, 2002
MEDALIST: Gold
FILM TITLE: “Passing Moments”
RCAD CREDITS: Don Phillips, Jr.
SYNOPSIS: A young man discovers he should take advantage of opportunity, as it can soon be gone.

32nd Annual Student Academy Awards – June 12, 2005
MEDALIST: Bronze
FILM TITLE: Things That Go Bump In The Night
RCAD CREDITS: Joshua G. Beveridge
SYNOPSIS: A small boy discovers what if is that really goes bump in the night.

33rd Annual Student Academy Awards – June 10, 2006
MEDALIST: Silver
FILM TITLE: “The Dancing Thief”
RCAD CREDITS: Meng Vue
SYNOPSIS: A museum thief met with an entertaining challenge.

34th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 9, 2007
MEDALIST: Silver
FILM TITLE: “A Leg Up”
RCAD CREDITS: Bevin Carnes
SYNOPSIS: A robot struggles with his malfunctioning leg and learns a valuable lesson.

35th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 7, 2008
MEDALIST: Bronze
FILM TITLE: “The Visionary”
RCAD CREDITS: Evan Mayfield
SYNOPSIS: It isn’t easy making the transition from glasses to contacts.

37th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 12, 2010
MEDALIST: Gold
FILM TITLE: “Departure of Love”
RCAD CREDITS: Jenna Bors
SYNOPSIS: In silent film tradition, a young man discovers his love is leaving on a train.

38th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 11, 2011
MEDALIST: Bronze
FILM TITLE: “The Defective Detective”
RCAD CREDITS: Avner Geller, Stevie Lewis
SYNOPSIS: A down-on-his-luck detective discovers a murder mystery in his apartment building … or does he?

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PHOTOS

    Caption: Ringling College of Art and Design Animated film winners Stevie Lewis (left) and Avner Geller, both 2011 graduates, shown prior to the 38th Annual Student Academy Awards® on Saturday, June 11, in Beverly Hills.
    Photo credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

         Caption (l): 2011 Student Academy Award® Winner and Ringling College of Art and Design Computer Animation graduate Avner Geller

Caption (r): 2011 Student Academy Award® Winner and Ringling College of Art and Design Computer Animation graduate Stevie Lewis    Photo credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Caption: Defective Detective Animation Stills
Credit: ©2011 Avner Geller & Stevie Lewis, Class of 2011, Ringling College of Art and Design

ABOUT RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 50-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 46 states and 44 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. http://www.Ringling.edu
ABOUT THE STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS
The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.

The Student Academy Awards is a national student film competition conducted by the Academy and the Academy Foundation. Each year over 500 college and university film students from all over the United States compete for awards and cash grants, with films being judged in four categories: Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Alternative. An outstanding student filmmaker from outside the U.S. is honored each year as well. The presentation ceremony is a popular event that is annually attended by a capacity audience in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Through the Student Academy Awards, the Academy recognizes and encourages this country’s most promising new filmmakers. Past winners include Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Bob Saget and Oscar winners John Lasseter and Robert Zemeckis.

To extend the impact and honor beyond the competition, a compilation presentation of the gold medal award-winning films is circulated each year free of charge to educational and non-profit organizations nationwide. Complete details about the 38th Student Academy Awards is is available from the official Academy website at http://www.oscars.org/awards/saa/winners/2011.html
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