Los Angeles, CA and Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) June 18, 2012
Ringling College of Art and Design Graduate Eric Prah was honored on Saturday, June 9th at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards with a Bronze Award for Computer Animation. The awards were presented by actors Laura Dern, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Greg Kinnear and Mena Suvari alongside Academy President Tom Sherak at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Eric won the Bronze for his senior thesis animation, ‘My Little Friend’. Ringling College students have won 9 Student Academy Awards in the past 11 years, as well as the most consecutive Student Academy Awards since the awards began in 1973, with four awards in a row from 2005-2008.
Eric was one of 13 students from around the world who were selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Eric’s film, ‘My Little Friend’, may be viewed at http://www.oscars.org/awards/saa/winners/Prah.html. The Gold in animation was won by David Wolter for ‘Eyrie’ and the Silver by Mark Nelson for ‘Jockstrap Raiders.’ To view photos from the event please go to http://photos.presslist.oscars.org/ and to see the journey of the 2012 Student Academy Award® winners, visit Studentacademyawards.tumblr.com.
According to Eric, "It’s really exciting to know that my animated short is considered among the best in the world, but it’s even more exciting to hear that so many people want to watch it. Every time someone watches my film and genuinely laughs out loud I start to get the feeling that I did something really worthwhile. It’s definitely inspirational, and I can’t wait to see what kind of filmmaking opportunities I’ll have in the future."
Eric is from Plainfield, New Jersey, graduated from Ringling College this spring and will begin working at Blue Sky Studios in June. He was a National Achievement Scholarship Winner in 2008, won a ‘Juror's Award"’ in the "Best of Core 2009" Show and his animations have been featured in the ‘Best of Ringling’ in 2010, 2011, and 2012. His short was selected to play at the 2012 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International and was also screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
Past Ringling College Student Academy Award winners include:
2011 - Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis – Defective Detective
2010 - Jennifer Bors - Departure of Love
2008 - Evan Mayfield - The Visionary
2007 - Bevin Carnes - A Leg Up
2006 - Meng Vue - The Dancing Thief
2005 - Josh Beveridge - Things That Go Bump in the Night
2002 - Don Phillips, Jr. - Passing Moments
1998 - Pete Choe, Jeff Baker, Neil Nellans, Dominic Cecere, James Hill
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 Film-making, 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 in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 42 states and 53 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