Thai animators claim top SIGGRAPH production prize

VIDEO SPECIAL: This year's SIGGRAPH FJORG! animation award winners.
Competitors in this year's FJORG! animation competition (silly Viking hats were not optional).
Competitors in this year's FJORG! animation competition (silly Viking hats were not optional).

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A team of Thai animators has taken out this year’s gruelling FJORG! animation competition as part of SIGGRAPH 2009, the world’s largest CGI and VFX tradeshow currently being staged in New Orleans.

Team Prestissimo, comprised of Sasapitt Rujirat, Phon Thiramonkol, and Lee Croudy, took out the competition for their animated reel, The Great Expectation (see below).

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The team was pitched against 10 rival three-member groups during the 32-hour competition, each of whom were charged with producing character-driven animations on-site at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Centre.

Team AOM (comprised of Christopher Monti, XueMei Song, LinLin Si) took out second place, while Team Riot (John Sabbath, Gayane Baddasaryan, Shuang Chang). Each team was rewarded with various prizes, including trophies and gift vouchers.

Team AOM, A Fisherman's Tale

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Team Riot, All You Can Eat

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"Participants [in the competition] benefited from onsite feedback from director Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Hancock), sound pioneer Randy Thom, and many other notable industry veterans who shared their expertise,” said Patricia Beckmann-Wells, FJORG! 2009 ‘Chief Viking Priestess’ and chair from Bunsella Films.

“The content was extremely difficult to judge, but Prestissimo won out because they executed their animation reel flawlessly."

FJORG! judges included several industry experts such as Arno Kroner from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Dori Littell-Herrick from Woodbury University.

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