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Video: Alum vies for national animation prize; voting closes Tuesday, Oct. 28

October 24, 2008

Adan Vielma CAS ’08 is a finalist in a national animation competition, and viewers can vote for his film from 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 27 through 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 28.

Vielma’s short, “Go Nuts Animation,” was named one of 29 finalists in the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, which features the best animated shorts films from around the globe.

Each day in October, the Nicktoons website features a different short for which visitors can vote. At the end of the month, the video with the most votes will win the Viewer’s Choice Award. To vote for Vielma’s video, visit the Nicktoons website by Tuesday, October 28.

Vielma, who won a different national video competition last year, put more than 30 hours of work into the two-minute submission. “Go Nuts Animation” takes a fun look at college life, following a student who spends a fortune decking out his dorm room.

“What differentiates my work, and what probably made it stand out to the contest judges, has to be its complexity,” Vielma said. “Each minute of my animation is filled with ten minutes of entertainment; one view is just not enough. I added so many details and filled even the smallest of corners. It has to be that attention to detail and sense of humor that the judges appreciated.”

Currently in its fifth year, the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival is the largest event of its kind in North America. The Festival gives finalists like Vielma exciting opportunities to present their work on a national stage, giving animators access to television and Internet audiences and offering cash and prizes for winners.

“Having just graduated from Lewis & Clark, I’m finding so many directions to take my education,” Vielma said. “Animation and video work are two directions I’m pursuing right now, and they’ve brought me personal enjoyment and public recognition. I’m really happy with what I’ve been doing, but I’m always looking forward to new challenges and projects.”