Monday, January 25, 2010

Philippine team wins at the Inaugural Autodesk Panorama 2009 Asia Pacific Animation Challenge

RP team bags Best Team Work Award with their creation Maskara

Ateneo de Naga University team members Albert Brisenio, James Jerome Rañeses, 
and Alejandro Karlo Zapanta with Autodesk Asia Pacific Education Marketing Manager Jenny Wah. 

Manila, Philippines, 15 January 2010 — After days of intense competition among 11 student teams, the three-person team from the Ateneo de Naga University showcased Philippines’ talent for animation and won Best Teamwork Award at the inaugural Autodesk PANORAMA Asia Pacific Animation Challenge and Animation Bootcamp 2009. The team is comprised of Alejandro Karlo Zapanta, Albert B. Brisenio and James Jerome Raneses.

“We are thankful for the opportunity that was given to us by joining PANORAMA 2009 Asia Pacific Animation Challenge,” says Alejandro Karlo Zapanta of the Philippine Team. “We were given the arena to demonstrate our talent in digital animation and also represent the Philippines in this competition,” he added. With Autodesk software solutions such as Autodesk Maya which enabled them to bring their ideas and concepts to life, Ateneo de Naga University came up with their digital animation entry entitled Maskara.

"We were very impressed by the high standard of the audition submissions for PANORAMA across the region, and by how the 11 student finalist teams were able to deliver winning animated productions under the mentorship of industry professionals and Autodesk customers,” said Teddy D. Tiu, Country Manager, Autodesk Philippines, “With this competition, we have achieved our objectives of inspiring and grooming young digital artists, and providing them with opportunities to acquire the skills and industry exposure they need to excel.”

The Autodesk PANORAMA Animation Challenge received 57 entries across seven countries in Asia – Hong Kong,ChinaAustraliaIndiaMalaysia, the Philippines and Singapore11 student teams were shortlisted to compete at the Autodesk PANORAMA Animation Bootcamp held at the Hong Kong Cyberport from 11 to 14 December 2009. There, they were trained under the mentorship of industry professionals and Autodesk customers from Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Imagi Studio, Rhythm & Hues Studio and Rising Sun Pictures, who shared their invaluable knowledge on how to leverage Autodesk software to fine-tune the animated projects that teams submitted during the qualifying stages of the competition.

The seven (7) winning teams were judged on their creativity and originality, motion, technical excellence and overall design:

Country               Hong Kong – Team 1
Film Title             : Tancho
Institute               City University of Hong Kong
Participants          : Oscar Sheikh / Sin Yu Tsang

2.     1st RUNNER UP AWARD
Country                Malaysia – Team 1
Film Title              : My Territory
Institute                : The One Academy
Participants          : Chin Kuan Win / Julian Chai / Yow Han Chong

3.     2nd RUNNER UP AWARD
Country                Malaysia – Team 2
Film Title              : Nature’s Roar
Institute                : The One Academy
Participants           : Loh Yong Kang / Tan Guo Xiang / The Beng Eu

Country                 Singapore Team
Film Title               :  Alice

       Institute                Singapore Polytechnic

Participant             : Grace Ng Siew Mei / Owen Lim / Bavani Naidu

Country                 India – Team 2
Film Title               : The Moon
Institute                 : National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad
Participants           : Pratik Ghosh / Nikhil Bajpai

Country                 Philippines Team
Film Title               : Maskara
Institute                 : Ateneo de Naga University
Participant             : Alejandro Karlo Zapanta / Albert B. Brisenio / James Jerome Raneses

Country                 Australia – Team 1
Film Title               : Tweet Revenge

       Institute                 Swinburne University of Technology
Participants           : Richard Osellame / Danny Masalkovski / Steven Donnet

Benjamin Huber from Lucasfilm Animation said: "One of the hardest things for studios globally, particularly in this region, where the industry is still relatively young is finding talent that can immediately be productive without too much additional training. I applaud Autodesk for organizing PANORAMA, as it contributes significantly towards raising the design skills of students and their awareness of industry standards and requirements."

“The positive feedback that we have received from educational institutions and industry professionals across Asia has been overwhelming and Autodesk looks forward to creating more of such opportunities for youth in Asia to showcase their creativity and spirit of innovation,” said Tiu.

In addition to providing the finalist teams with regional exposure, their original animated productions were also aired as vignettes on Animax during Christmas.

The event was jointly organized with the Mayan Hong Kong User Group, and sponsored by Cyberport IncuTrain Centre, Hong Kong CyberportMalaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation and Animax.

For additional information about Autodesk PANORAMA Animation Challenge and Animation Bootcamp, please visit

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