Thomas Nelson Digital Arts Society to Hold Film Festival

Published: November 9, 2006

Computer arts students at Thomas Nelson Community College may be using the same digital software that created blockbuster movies like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Shrek, but the results are on a more intimate scale. Whether it’s animating Barbie and Ken in a story about love gone wrong or a cartoon animation lampooning political figures, these students are using high-end technology to create pieces that synthesize their technical knowledge with a personal creative aesthetic.

Over 40 young artists will be presenting their final visions at the annual Student Digital Film Festival at Thomas Nelson Community College on Wednesday, November 15.  The festival will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mary T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall on the College’s Hampton campus. The festival is free and open to the public.

The annual festival, in its sixth year, was established to showcase the digital video and animation work of students in the Computer Arts program at Thomas Nelson Community College.  “These students have amazing things to say and have learned a huge skill-set using this digital technology,” says Cece Wheeler, Associate Professor of Art at the college. “The festival affords them the chance to share the work with a larger audience while receiving feedback for their efforts.”

In addition to audience feedback, professionals working in the field of video and motion graphics serve as jurors to award cash prizes to the winning entries. “The jurors have a difficult time each year.  These pieces range from 30 seconds to five minutes and include music videos, animations, commercials and conceptual design projects done in class.  It’s like comparing apples and oranges, but they always manage to single out those videos that stand out in quality,” says Wheeler.

For more information, please contact Cece Wheeler, Computer Arts Department Chair at 825-3608.

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