Chris Coleman wrote:
My animation "The Magnitude of the Continental Divides" won Grand Prize in the Metropolis Art Prize Competition and will be playing on three of the jumbotron screens in times square on Dec. 17th at 7pm. The animation uses a combination of After Effects and Blender and I received some great help from the Blender Community during the two year animation process.
Note: I noticed that the embedded videoplayer isn't very reliable. There's a link to the full version at the end of this post.
As far as the process goes, I have been utilizing Blender for a number of projects for the past several years as well as teaching it at my University. I used it for a number of details in the animation, but most notably the final scene was made purely in Blender. I was really happy with the control I had over the crows and their smoke trails and it produced the perfect and powerful ending to the whole piece.
Here is the artist statement about the video:
The Magnitude of the Continental Divides
HD Animation, 2009 with sound design by David Fodel
"The Magnitude of the Continental Divides" is an animation exploring the ways we define ourselves and our nations. It is a journey between many locations in various states of withdrawal and aggression. Borders become weaponized and damage is always dealt from afar. The individual is caught in the midst, unable to separate themselves, unable to define identity without place.
Congratulations, Chris! I hope someone will record the event and send us a video.