BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects alumni won in two categories at the 2015 Student Academy Awards with thesis films created during their time at the College. SVA was the only school to win in two categories out of the 15 winners announced. All winning films are now eligible for Oscars.
The Academy received a record number of entries this year—1,686 films from 282 domestic and 93 international colleges and universities. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Previous winners include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.
Taking the Plunge, an animated short about a marriage proposal gone wrong—which recently went viral—by Thaddaeus Andreades (2015), Marie Raoult (2015), Nicholas Manfredi (2015) and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero (2015) won in the Animation category, while Zoe, an abstract short by Chihyun Lee (2015), earned an award in the Alternative category.
“We are thrilled at the success of our students in the largest, international celebration of films and animation—the Student Academy Awards,” said BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Chair John McIntosh. “We are humbled that our students won in two categories this year. This is recognition of the quality and diversity of the work our students create each year. We applaud the efforts of all our students and we are delighted to see SVA honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”
Here’s an inside look at the making of Taking the Plunge.
Gold, Silver and Bronze medal placements will be announced at a gala awards ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California on September 17.