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[December 04, 2012]
3D Animation & VFX Students' Film Set for the Big Screen
(PR Web Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Auckland, New Zealand (PRWEB) December 05, 2012 Shelved is the story of two bumbling robots who are bored by their deadend jobs, until they realise they are about to be replaced! The comedy is a nod towards the early films of directors Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) and Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused) and offers an ironic take on the recession-era redundancies of recent times.
Eleven Media Design School animation and visual effects students undertook 12 weeks of production, 5,460 hours of rendering and 6,300 hours of work to achieve the five minutes of animation.
“Students and industry collaborated to complete the film, with students handling all the special effects, pre-production and helping out with filming on the day. It is important for the students to get a real feel of what it is like to work in the industry, and to get them away from their computer screens and into the fierce pace of working for a live production,” said Shelved director James Cunningham, who is a senior 3D lecturer at Media Design School.
Shelved stars some of New Zealand’s top comedic talent including lead actors Simon McKinney and Stephen Papps, as well as Penny Ashton and Peter Rowley, all of whom were transformed into fully animated robots by the team of students.
Weta senior concept artist Greg Broadmore (District 9, Lord Of The Rings, King Kong) was also on board with the project, drawing the original robot sketches. It is not the first time he has collaborated with the school. In 2011, Broadmore worked with students to bring his characters to life in the short film Dr Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game.
The film is available on Vimeo at
and will screen at Event Cinemas, Queen Street to a VIP audience including Mayor Len Brown on December 18.
ABOUT 3D ANIMATION AT MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL Media Design School’s Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects) is a comprehensive three-year degree that provides industry-focused training in an immersive production-based environment. Students learn from industry professionals as they are plunged into a studio-like environment to gain the technical, production and creative skills that will set them apart in the industry.
In recent years, the school has achieved international acclaim for short films including Rotting Hill, Time For Change, Das Tub and First Contact and is distinguished by its high profile industry collaborations.
Graduates have gone on to work at production houses and film studios around the world.
ABOUT MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL Media Design School is New Zealand’s most-awarded private tertiary institution and distinguished by its close alignment to industry. The Auckland based school offers specialist degrees for emerging creative industries including the Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects), the Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art), the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming) and the Bachelor of Media Design. A range of foundation diplomas and graduate qualifications are also available.
Media Design School is part of Laureate International Universities, the world’s largest private university group with over 60 universities in 29 countries, including dedicated design schools in San Diego, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; Berlin and Hamburg, Germany; and Milan, Italy. For more information, visit
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