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Students land 11 animation projects in juried festival

December 12, 2012

Entries from University of Wisconsin-Stout dominated the recent Minnesota Electronic Theater animation festival in Minneapolis.

Of 14 student projects chosen for the juried event, 11 were from UW-Stout.

One of the UW-Stout animations, “Forge Ahead,” took second place. It was created by a five-person team: Andy Bensen, of Amery; Chayne Bourget, of Cadott; Keith Catalano, of Green Bay; Tyler Haas, of Cadott; and Tou Xiong, of Appleton.

“UW-Stout's strong presence came from students and courses involved in the entertainment design and the game design and development majors. This is particularly exciting, as they are also two of the newer majors on campus," said David Beck, assistant professor of 3D animation and game design.

Other UW-Stout student entries were:

•  Stephen Nicksic, of Marshfield, “The Griefer Machine,” 3D animation

•  Brandee Anthony, of Nashota, “The West Wing,” 3D animation

•  Matt Culbertson, of Belleville, “The Far Watch Tower,” video composite

•  Calvin Keyes, of Pulaski, “El Perro Del Mar,” video composite

•  Robbie Bangart, of Wausau, “Mill vs. CP,” 3D animation

•  Juan Sanchez, of Mexico, “The Unknown Story,” 3D animation

•  Dorothea Rossmeisl, of Brooklyn, Wis., “It’s a Twister,” 3D animation

•  Sam Herder, of Marshfield, “Not So Far,” 3D animation

•  Cody Petts, of Deerbrook, “Reborn,” 3D animation

•  Cody Vinson, of Ashland, “We Live As We Dream,” motion comic

View the UW-Stout entries.

In the independent category, a 3D animation by Beck was one of three chosen for the festival. His work is entitled “Smorgasboard (After Per Lynse).”

The Minnesota Electronic Theater serves the computer graphics community in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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