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SoC's Digital Production Arts Program Wins Best Animated Film Award at the 2012 Greenville International Film Festival

April 28, 2012

WycinankiThe Digital Production Arts film Wycinanki was honored with the award for “The Best Animated Film” of the 2012 Greenville International Film Festival. Director Irena Rindos presented the film at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, April 25th as the first film to be screened at GVIFF in the history of the festival. Art Director Cory Buckley, accompanied by Clemson University DPA Program Director Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, accepted the award at the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 28thWycinanki has been featured in over eight festivals across the United States including The Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, The Seventh Annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, and the North Carolina Family Film Festival where it won the award for the “Best Narrative Short.”

The Digital Production Arts program at Clemson University is a professional degree program aimed at producing technically savvy, artistically talented graduates who are sought after by the growing electronic arts industry, particularly by those companies engaged in visual effects within the entertainment and commercial video, film, and gaming industries. What makes Clemson’s DPA program so relevant is its production studio course. Students work together in groups to create short films from start to finish with a unique artistic vision. Many students who graduate from Clemson’s DPA program go on to work at companies such as Pixar, DreamWorks, and Rhythm & Hues.

Recently, the program has been gaining critical acclaim for the success of its production studio films. This year the GVIFF made its debut appearance to the upstate. Clemson University’s DPA program was not only an official sponsor of the GVIFF but also provided workshops on various film effects software widely used in the movie industry. Additionally, many Clemson University DPA students served as volunteers and interns for GVIFF.

Among its many internationally recognized films were two animated shorts created as a part of Clemson University DPA Production Courses. Gravitons is a 50s style mockumentary following Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of what's really behind gravity: the mischievous Gravitons.

Wycinanki is a short animated film that tells the story of a Polish woman's bond with three rescued animals. Based on a true story, the film employs the visual style of traditional Polish paper cutting.

Pictured below: Cory Buckley, Art Director and Irena Rindos, Director


Pictured below:  Jay Mundo, DPA Student Intern; Cory Buckley, Art Director; Amanda Moreland, DPA Student Intern; Brooke Buckley, DPA Student Volunteer; Ben Sledge, DPA Student Volunteer; Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, DPA Program Director