2015 ABU Digista Teen to Support Locals in Producing Short Animation Films (BruDirect (Brunei))

The ABU (Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union) Digista Teens 2015 Workshop was officially opened in a ceremony yesterday by Lim Soh Kwang, Head of Engineering at Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB).

ABU Digista Teens 2015, to be hosted by RTB in November this year, is a project co-organised by ABU to support Asian youth in producing a short animation movie. It is not a competition yet, but a kind of international image festival allowing teens from various regions of Asia to participate in movie production through animation.

Lim Soh Kwang in her opening remarks said the workshop is a platform for participants to share, explore and discuss concepts and ideas as well as an opportunity for them to get a good insight into the operational process and skills in the development of the artwork.

ABU Digista Teens is divided into four stages. Stage one is the workshop where the participants will learn about digital artwork making. In the second stage, teams will present a short animation movie based on the theme ‘Happiness.’

The third stage is the International Image Festival which will be hosted by RTB in November, and the fourth stage will see the broadcasting of the TV productions that will show the International Image Festival as well as the creation process.

She urged participants to make use of the opportunity and actively engage in any discussions during the workshop in order to enhance their skills and knowledge. The workshop is open to all technical colleges in the country for youths in the age group of 17-23 years.

Participants comprise two teams, each from Nakhoda Ragam Vocational School and Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College as well as a team each from Wasan Vocational School, Business School and Sultan Bolkiah Vocational School.

The week-long workshop is conducted at K-Hub CRAFT of the iCentre and is fully supported by CRAFT, iCentre and the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE). It is being facilitated by Derek Eversfield, a professional animation/ graphic consultant from Los Angeles.

The student mentors during the workshop are Mohammad Danny Azriman bin Haji Madni, Director of Ambuyart Animation and Haji Mohammad Zaim Aziman bin Haji Ismail, Director of Mincraft Company.

Towards the end of the workshop, students will learn how to create animation using 2D and 3D animation designs and how to create a storyline, storyboard and background design. They will also be doing their own project and presenting them to a panel of judges.

Winner of the project will automatically represent Brunei Darussalam at the final of ABU Digista Teens 2015 to be held from November 18 to 23 at the RTB office in Sungai Akar Complex.

The finals in November will be attended by the eight ABU member countries, namely host Brunei, Mongolia, Bhutan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan.

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