As you may already know thanks partly/mostly to Mr. Williams, our 2011 animation was entered in the Digital Animation Category and was chosen from all the Fairfax County Public School entries for the SAIC Technology and the Arts Competition.  Nathan Smith went to the awards reception to accept a check for the team.  He was also interviewed by Channel 21 and got to talk to the animation judge, Pam Darley.  That was pretty cool because Pam has a long list of Disney animation credits in her IMDb filmography and is currently the Senior Supervisor of Visual FX at Studio Kinate in Fairfax.

This is what Pam wrote about the team animation for the award program:

“Beautiful 3D graphics are skillfully used to inform and entertain the viewer.  While the camera flies us through the universe, we are told a story of a distant civilization in peril due to global flooding.  The models for the solar system as well as those created for the architectural structures are capably designed and well executed.  Story-telling, creativity and cinematography all combine to make this a stand-out submission”

She mentioned that “she just kept coming back to our animation” and that “in addition to the creative and technical excellence it looked like the team had fun”.

Congratulations Animation Team!

– Words and media courtesy of Greg Smith

Nathan Smith accepts check on behalf Team 116 animation group at SAIC Technology and the Arts Competition 2011