The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced the 2014 list of Student Academy Award finalists, and on that list is BYU animation project “Owned.”
The short film won a Student Emmy at the College Television Awards last month but continues to receive media attention.
“I think it’s cool that people see BYU from a great view,” said Garrett Hoyos, a texture artist for the film. “Nonmembers will see it, which is neat, and more people will be attracted to the program from the awards its received.”
The film depicts four different animated environments and five different characters, something unprecedented in a student animation. The animation faculty at BYU even wanted to scale the project back, thinking it would be too much to handle, but co-directors Daniel Clark and Wesley Tippets believed their team could take on the challenge.
Their decision is paying off. Since the College Television Awards, many of the students who worked on the film have already received internships and jobs. The Student Academy Awards, an even more prestigious award, would provide more opportunities for the students. The academy will reveal the gold, silver and bronze medalists on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m.