Taking the Plunge, an animated short about a marriage proposal gone wrong created by BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects students Thaddaeus Andreades, Marie Raoult, Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, has already been viewed 230,000 times in just a few weeks.
The site Today in Awesome says it’s “like something straight out of a Pixar movie with lush visuals and great storytelling,” and the A.V. Club calls it “an incredibly darling short film that is able to get across a lot of emotion and characterization without a single word of dialogue.”
With all the positive attention Taking the Plunge is getting, SVA Close Up thought it was a good time to revisit two other stellar shorts created by talented animators while they were students at SVA.
Spacebound by Ellen Su and Kyle Moy (both BFA 2013 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects) is a “heart-aching” but “surprisingly upbeat” space-themed fantasy film, according to i09. It went on to screen at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Daniel Sierra (MFA 2013 Computer Art) created Oscillate as his thesis project at SVA. The short was praised by Gizmodo, Juxtapoz, It’s Nice That and others, and earned Sierra the 2014 Student Academy Award.
Given the track record of their peers, we can’t wait to see what’s next for the creators of Taking the Plunge! To watch more shorts by BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects students, click here. For more work by MFA Computer Art students, click here.