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UCS students honored nationally for 3D animation
UCS students get top national award for 3D animation
Posted on 07/12/2016
3D animation

Two Utica Community Schools students took a top national award for a 3-D animation project.

Steven Szalanski and Melanie Mrozek, who attend the Utica Center for Science and Industry, earned a national gold award as the top winner in the SkillsUSA 3D Animation tournament held earlier this month in Louisville, Kentucky. Their teacher is Mike Allore.

SkillsUSA is a national organization with over 335,000 members from 54 states and territorial associations.

The purpose of SkillsUSA is to prepare high performance workers and it does so by providing quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

Szalanski and Mrozek, who both recently graduated from Stevenson High School, used Cinema 4D and After Effects software to create a 30 second animation of a stretchy, bouncy pig either bouncing over rough terrain or going through an obstacle course.

The students had seven hours to develop an idea, storyboard, model, texture, animate, add effects and render the animation.

They were judged on a written test, their preproduction work, creativity, and modeling and texture quality of final animation.

Szalanski and Mrozek are the first team at CSI to compete in the SkillsUSA 3D Animation contest. There were 27 other states represented at the national contest.

They qualified for the national championship after taking the top honor at the SkillsUSA state tournament held earlier this year in Grand Rapids.

Also at the national competition, a former UCSI Multimedia student earned a gold award in the post-secondary 3D Animation contest as part of a college team. Robert Rudaitis attending the 3D Visualization program at Macomb Community College.

The winning animation is featured below.

CSI SkillsUSA 3D Animation National Competition Final 2016 from Mr. Allore on Vimeo.