By Anne Saker
One of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious celebrations of film, the Austin Film Festival, has selected for screening next month an animated work that a CCAD class pulled together during 2012-2013 academic year.
Lumin, by the Advanced Time-Based Projects students of Associate Professor Thomas Richner, will join more than 70 features and more than 100 short films for the Oct. 24-31 festival in the Texas capital.
Running five minutes in black and white, Lumin tells the story about a boy who must escape dozens of monsters who chase him for what he carries, his light.
Among the other films running during the Austin festival are independent and studio production that span the genres. The centerpiece film is Inside Llewyn Davis, the highly anticipated next production from Academy Award-winning producers Joel and Ethan Coen starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake.
“That’s some nice company to be in,” said Richner.
Getting attention from selection committees (such as the committee for Austin) raises “national awareness of the quality of the work coming out of CCAD’s animation program,” Richner said. “A high-profile festival like that can do just that.”
Fifteen students and two 2012 graduates worked four months on the film: Animation (class of 2013) majors Christopher Campbell, Tyler Crowley, David King, Arianni Kurniawati, Laura Maue, Bekah Nunn, Jonathan Pezzatta, and David T. Reed; Animation (class of 2014) major Kelly Cumpson; Cinematic Arts (class of 2013) majors Alan Becker, Patrick Kain, Lauren Thornberry, and Mariah Ward; Cinematic Arts (class of 2014) majors Grace Kim and Aaron Zawisa; and Animation (class of 2012) major Victor Dearing and Cinematic Arts (class of 2012) major Alex Trimpe.
“It was this group of students who came together in a really special way to make this film come to life,” Richner said. “It is always a mini miracle when films get finished and have a life out in the world.”
View the trailer below.
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