Animation students complete new computer-animated short film "Petshop"

  Students from Brigham Young University's award-winning animation department have finished their new computer-animated short film "PetShop." Plans are underway to submit the film to animation festivals around the world, and some students involved in its creation have already received jobs as a result of their work. 

Another group of BYU animation students received critical acclaim last year for their film, "Lemmings," including a "student Emmy" and a bronze medal in the student Academy Award competition. Additionally, portions of "Lemmings" were screened at last year's Cannes Film Festival and the film was invited to 22 festivals worldwide. 

The caliber of BYU's animation students has placed BYU on the favored hiring lists of major motion picture studios like DreamWorks, said R. Brent Adams, associate professor in the school of technology. 

"We've been really successful in finding that niche the studios like," Adams said. "We have the right kind of students, and we work on these group animation projects so they can use both the artistic and technical sides of their brains." 

In the film, a not-so-loveable chinchilla desperate to leave a pet shop does his best to win the attention of his potential owner, Billy, who seems more interested in a lizard in a neighboring cage. The project took more than a year to complete and involved the collaboration of 18 BYU seniors and other students. Synthesis, BYU's premiere jazz ensemble, performed the music for the film, along with performers from University Singers, the school's top audition choir. 

Using textures and lighting schemes to emulate the characteristics of a 3-D hand-painted illustration, the creators of "PetShop" gave the film a distinct look.

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