Congratulations to AAU's first Gold Medal Student Academy Award winning collaborative production, Dragonboy, co-written and co-directed by Bernardo Warman, Shaofu Zhang and Lisa Allen, and produced by Caitlin Satchell.
If you haven't seen the short yet, watch it here: http://vimeo.com/13273095
The department rallied behind this project as its first major collaborative, setting up a special workflow curriculum designed to help light, render and get the film out the door.
The Academy's only other Student Academy Award came in 2003 for Bert, written and directed by animator Moonsung Lee. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0I0g3zCUSk. By simply examining both films, you can plainly see how far the program has come in eight years.
See the June 11th presentation and acceptance speech here: