Edinboro team wins global 24-hour animation contest

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Friday, November 26th, 2021 at 4:03 PM
Edinboro team wins global 24-hour animation contest  by Violet Vance
Photo by Abigail Frisch

An Edinboro animation team placed fourth in the global 24 HOURS Animation Contest this year, setting a record for the quickest submission in the history of the competition. 

The team, titled The Miraculous 112, consisted of members Abigail Frisch, Robert “Beau” Henry, Tyler “TK” Kratz, Luke Shay and Leah DeJohn. They placed in the global top five and were the highest placing team in the United States. 

Six Edinboro teams gathered on campus on Oct. 15 in Doucette Hall to compete. Bradford Pattullo, professor of art, animation and filmmaking, provided pizza for the contestants that night, and returned the next morning to find that The Miraculous 112 team had already completed their submission. Some teams did not have a product to submit after the 24-hour period, but The Miraculous 112 submitted their film in 12 hours.  

The placement of teams was announced during the Art Fest, a campus event featuring art clubs. Frisch, the president of Edinboro’s animation club, and two other members of the team were present at the animation club’s table when the results were announced.  

“All these art students were there,” Frisch said. “They flocked us and were hugging us and giving high fives. I felt like I had won the lottery. It was amazing. Yeah – we just kind of rode that high the entire day.”  

Edinboro students participate in the 24 HOURS Animation Contest every year to practice animating, gain experience collaborating with people in a time crunch and to have fun.  

The Miraculous 112 decided to keep their designs as simple as possible and focus on the story, according to members of the team. Over 200 teams from across the world participated in this year’s contest. The contest prompt was to imagine what the “new normal” would look like following the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

According to Pattullo, it is the fifth consecutive year teams from Edinboro University have participated in the contest. Pattullo also said that, before this year, only one Edinboro team had previously placed in the top 50. Another Edinboro team, Death of a Sandman, placed 37. 

Prizes include $200.00 for each team member, master class seats for animation with John Pomeroy (who has done character animation for Disney and now works as a professor at Lipscomb University in Tennessee while continuing to animate, according to his website), a virtual coffee chat session with Disney Studios, and a two-year digital subscription to Animation Magazine, but the tickets to the CTN Animation Expo. in California is one of the most exciting of the prizes, according to the team. It is an opportunity to network and get their names out to the industry.  

Plane tickets are still being organized and the team members hope that Edinboro University is willing to sponsor them. Members of The Miraculous 112 traveled to the CTN Animation Expo in California on Nov. 17. 

Violet Vance, Staff Writer | @EdinboroNow 

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