Student animation projects make the grade at MET show

December 6, 2013

UW-Stout had the most projects chosen out of the three schools represented in the final show. A total of 19 projects, out of 80 student submissions, were picked for the juried show.

UW-Stout's projects represented work this fall by 18 students in five classes from two programs: entertainment design; and game design and development. Projects included 2D and 3D animation, digital cinema and visual effects.

The classes were taught by Kevin Pontuti, associate professor, and Dave Beck, assistant professor, both from the UW-Stout School of Art and Design.

"Each year the bar for the MET student reel competition is consistently being raised. It's fantastic that UW-Stout continues to push the boundaries and raise that bar," Pontuti said.

The Minnesota Electronic Theater brings together the region's computer graphics community and serves as the premiere showcase for locally produced, award-winning animation.UW-Stout's projects can be viewed on its vimeo channel.

The eight UW-Stout MET-selected projects and student creators are:

- "Aftermath," Scott Fischer, of Rice Lake; Dominic Ghilani, of Eagan, Minn.; Sarah Howell, of Fitchburg; Andrew Steidtmann, of Winona, Minn .; collaboration in Digital Cinema, 3D Modeling and Animation III, Digital Imagery Studio classes

- "Christmas Squishies," Cody Vinson, of Ashland; 3D Modeling and Animation II

- "Project Medusa," Howell; Hassan Javaid, of Eau Claire; Alex Seifert, of Pepin ; Jake Thompson, of Menomonie; Kevin Veldhouse, of Forest Lake, Minn.; 3D Modeling and Animation II group project.

- "Singing in the Rain," Megan Richardson, of St. Michael, Minn.; 3D Modeling and Animation II

- "The Last Droid," Brandee Anthony, of Nashotah; Landon Beachkofski, of Blue Mound; Cody Voelz, of Delano, Minn.; Tou Xiong, of Appleton; 3D Modeling and Animation II

- "SOAR," Matt Culbertson, of Brooklyn, Wis., senior project

- "Bot's Pilot," Robbie Bangart, of Ringle, senior project

- "The Actor," Cody Green, of New Richmond, senior project

"The students involved ranged from intermediate to advanced students, focusing on both individual and collaborative animation projects," Pontuti said.

For more information on UW-Stout's School of Art and Design programs, go to the website.