Animation/illustration duo win film awards

by Feb 19, 2013 7:47 pm Tags: , ,

The duo of animation/illustration majors Chris Lam and Eunsoo Jeong has won several awards for their stop-motion film "Couch & Potatoes."

This film has won a few awards in different films festivals, and is still on-going, according to Lam.

The most recent film festival that showed the film was held last weekend, called Asians on Film, according to Lam.

“Chris Lam and Eunsoo Jeong were our students in animation/illustration,” stated animation/illustration associate professor David Chai in an email. “We were amazed by their skills as students and are very proud of what they've accomplished.”

Jeong, a senior, is also trying to finish school as an animation/illustration major by taking online classes. Faculty are very supportive and helpful in assisting her graduate, she said.

"This film tells the tale of two TV-watching enthusiasts who pioneer a clever way to live on their couch until an unexpected event hurls them back into their youthful past” she said.

Lam, an alumnus from the animation/illustration program, said he is the co-director of the film.

Jeong said they had struggles with the project.

“The film took a total of six non-consecutive months to complete,” Lam stated in an email. “Eunsoo and I spent from winter 2010 to summer 2012 working on the film from concept to post-production.”

They said they were grateful people would help them by lending items to use for their film.

“We were very grateful to have been lent other crucial resources from SJSU,” Lam stated. “The RTVF department was kind enough to lend us a professional lighting kit for the duration of the project which would have cost us nearly $1,000 if we had bought it ourselves."

The duo didn't have help from anyone besides their professors who gave them support if they needed it.

“I did the storyboards and animation, Eunsoo built the set and props seen in the film,” he stated. “We often worked from morning until late night each day during our breaks, but in separate rooms due to the nature of stop-motion; for animation, I needed a dark room in order to have 100 percent control of the lighting, while Eunsoo obviously needed a bright room in order to build."

They also needed to borrow a computer with Adobe software and edited all together.

According to Lam, “The computer labs setup by the faculty and staff of the department enabled us to edit and complete the final touches to our film using such Adobe programs such as Premiere and After Effects, saving us hundreds of dollars on resources used to complete the project.”

The team has won six awards so far and they have been nominated for two more awards. The next one will be in March in Portland,  according to Jeong.

Lam stated there was a need for intense communication between the team during production in order to plan out the project during the duration of the breaks and overcome unexpected technical complications.

Students and staff members can watch this film on their site at (http://couchandpotatoesfilm.blogspot.com) and look for “Couch & Potatoes."

 

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