The digital animation work of some SVA alumni has been getting worldwide attention recently. When superstar rock band U2 recently shot a new animated video for its song “Original of the Species,” the crew included Masa Nakamura (BFA 2002 Graphic Design), who did shot direction and design work. And Japan’s Kawasaki Digital Short Film Festival announced that Abridged by Joshua Harvey and Mats Andersson, and One Short of a Dozen by Anton Tokar and Kirill Yeretsky (all BFA 2005 Computer Art), are among the picks for the 2005 festival, which takes place December 3 – 7 and 10 – 16 at the Kawasaki City Museum.
Also of note, Alex Avsharian (BFA 2002 Advertising) recently won the Ad Council’s Gold Bell award for Campaign of the Year. Avsharian received the award for the underage drinking prevention campaign he put together as part of a U.S.-government initiative.