CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Students Win Awards for Animation and Video Game at CSU Media Arts Festival

Date: 11-18-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

Two California State University, Chico students won awards at the 20th Annual Media Arts Festival (MAF) held Nov. 6 at CSU, Fullerton for their animation and video game projects. A total of 131 entries from the 23-campus California State University system were received and judged by a panel of industry experts who chose 29 finalists for award competition in nine categories, including interactive and animation.

Student David Logan and his team—Sarah Delucchi, Granison Crawford and Michael Bluing—earned second place in the interactive media category. The game they created, “Earth Haven 2: Retribution,” is a role-playing game about a boy avenging his father’s death.

The game was created over two semesters in video game development and production classes taught by Professor Clarke Steinback, Department of Applied Computer Graphics. The students created all of their own sound effects, including original songs for the more than two-hour game, and all of their own sprites and non-player characters.

After creating the basic game in the development class, the students tested and added individuality to it in the production class. “We decided to really add some flavor to the game,” said Logan. “We added quite a bit of humor with dialogue and added in an entire section of the game which led you down to the main Eggnome town. We also tweaked coding and made sure there were no errors, but most importantly, Granison and I wrote an original 20-song soundtrack for the game, with over half the songs having lyrics. That is how we decided to make our game stand out.”

Senior Samuel Fries received a third-place award for his short animation entry. “Catfight!” is the story of a housecat forced to defend his home from invading neighborhood strays. Fries made the film in fall 2009 with fellow students Jackson Pratt and Elias Villalobos in Applied Computer Graphics 240, taught by Professor John Pozzi.

“It was really great to make it into the finals,” said Fries. “I know that a lot of really great animations from the Applied Computer Graphics students were submitted, and I was very honored that they chose mine. I’m looking forward to next year.”

Instructionally Related Activities funding made it possible for CSU, Chico to send students to the festival.

The MAF allows students in the California State University system the opportunity to be in competition judged by experienced faculty and entertainment industry professionals. It enhances the skills necessary to transition between producing films, video and interactive media in college classes to related industries.

Visit www.mediaartsfestival.org for a full listing of all awards for the festival, which operates under the umbrella of CSU Summer Arts, www.csusummerarts.org.