A film created by two Ringling College of Art and Design alumni has been selected as the 2022 SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival (CAF) “Best Student Project.” Anushka Nair ’22 and Lauryn Anthony ’22 created the film as Computer Animation students at Ringling College.
Period Drama was selected from more than 405 submissions from 19 countries as one of the world’s best CG-animated achievements of 2022.
Partly based on personal experience, Period Drama is a Victorian-era tale about 11-year-old Georgiana Crimsworth, who gets her first period “before ever having gotten the talk.” The two-minute animated short, addresses the implicit taboo surrounding periods, and by extension women’s health as a whole.
Period Drama is one of four films created by Ringling College of Art and Design alumni that will be screened at the festival which will take place Dec. 6-9 at EXCO in Daegu, South Korea. More than 8,000 professionals in the Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques industries are expected to attend the event which showcases a collection of standout 2022 works from around the globe.
Nair is an associate modeling artist at Blizzard in Irvine, California. Anthony is a junior lighter/compositor at Icon Creative Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The other Ringling College of Art and Design films that will be screened during the festival include:
- Fiesta Blood, directed by Elena Fazio ’22. Fazio is currently working as an animation trainee at Disney.
- Bon Appetit!, directed by David Guo ’22. Guo is currently working as an assistant animator at DreamWorks Feature Animation.
- Cold Lunch, directed by Insun Park ’22 and Jin Pei Lua ’22 and produced by Maude Thomas ’20. Park is currently working as a digital sculptor for Hasbro. Lua is an animator at Electronic Arts. Thomas.
- The End, directed by Alexandria Siah ’22. Siah is working as an animator at Electronic Arts on the upcoming Jedi: Fallen Order sequel.
Period Drama has also been awarded Best Animated Short in Cannes, May 2022 Best Animation by Oniros, a finalist for 2022 Film of the Year by The Rookie Awards, and as a 2022 finalist for the 2022 Student Academy Award (Their film was the only student work selected from the United States). It was also screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
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