(April 15, 2014) The 5th NCU Lignum Vitae Film Festival was held on April 9, 2014. I entered last year and won Best Animation and Best Foley. The Foley category didn't exist before I entered, but it seems my martial arts piece inspired them to make the addition. That was definitely very flattering.
I didn't enter this year as I didn't have the time to create any new pieces, but I was invited to give a workshop on animation and I humbly accepted. I was on a panel of other animators, some I knew like Stephen "Bigbomb" Williamson and Carlton Gordon III of Island Interactive Studios from the Jamaican Animation Nation Facebook page, others I was meeting for the very first time from GSW Animation ltd. I gave a talk on careers and earning potential in the animation industry, while Island Interactive spoke about the 3D animation pipeline and GSW spoke about the 2D animation pipeline and the studio life.
The students were very receptive and so were their lecturers. It was good to see a lot of women in attendance and showing interest. Animation tends to be a very male dominated art form. I really hope we inspired a few of the students to get their feet wet.
NCU wrote and article about the experience.
I am a Filmmaker, Animator and Writer. I love telling stories and making them come true. You will see me on the big screen soon enough.