Stu Schwartz, hailing from the United States, was named the winner at the awards event held Thursday night at Escape Studios' headquarters in London. His show reel demonstrated great creative potential, exceptional talent, and can be viewed here. Schwartz wins a 12-week visual effects (VFX) classroom course at Escape Studios' brand new academy in Los Angeles, followed by a four-week placement at The Mill, and a one-year subscription to CGSociety.
Second place was awarded to Justyna Galka from Poland for her innovative showreel, while third place went to the UK's Natalie Rocks for her charming animated film. Both win a selection of Escape Studios' mentored and online courses.
"We were hugely impressed with the standard of entries this year, and a lot of people caught our eye around the world," said Dominic Davenport, CEO and founder of Escape Studios. "In the end, Stu's entry shone through with its combination of raw talent and potential. We feel that he's someone who'll benefit from working with us and at The Mill, hopefully going on to build a career in the industry. We're also pleased that he'll be joining us at our brand new campus in LA, which demonstrates how our continued growth allows us to help more potential CG artists across the world."
"I'm so pleased to have won CG Whiz 2010 and I can't wait to start Escape Studios' classroom course and learn from some of the best CG tutors in the industry," said winner Stu Schwartz. "This is a one of a kind competition, and I aim to make the most of the chances I get with Escape and The Mill to help my career progress in an industry renowned for being difficult to get into."
Ben Hampshire, MD at The Mill LA, added: "We are really pleased to be part of CG Whiz for the second year running. The entries this year were of an incredibly high standard and demonstrated great, amateur CG talent worldwide. At The Mill we are delighted to offer real opportunities to people like Stu and help him grow professionally as a visual effects artist."
About CG Whiz
CG Whiz is Escape Studios' annual competition that aims to uncover future stars of the CG industry. Now in its second year, it offers entrants the chance to win over $24,000 worth of Escape Studios' training and unique work placement at The Mill. Show reels were submitted by uploading them to one of Escape Studios social media channels and then judged by a panel of industry experts. Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found on the Escape Studios website: http://www.escapestudios.com/cg-whiz-2010/.
About Escape Studios
Escape is one of the most successful and well-respected CG academies in the world. We're the proving ground for a new generation of computer graphics stars breaking into film, TV, games and commercials. We're a vibrant community of professional artists. We're a specialist creative recruitment agency for entertainment, advertising, architecture and manufacturing businesses. We're an authority on all things CG, offering informed opinions on cutting-edge creative, commercial and political issues. We are all of these things. We are Escape Studios.
For further information, please visit www.escapestudios.com
About The Mill
Based in London, New York and Los Angeles we collaborate on award-winning moving image, design and digital projects for the advertising, film, TV, games and music industries.
Twenty years of innovation has established The Mill as a recognised global brand for creating seamless visual effects, but we are also leaders in design, animation, live action content direction, VFX brand accounts, versioning and global adaptations, digital content creation and distribution.
We were founded in 1990 by Robin Shenfield and Pat Joseph, both of whom still lead the group and now have a global team of 500 plus made up of multi-national and home grown talent.
For further information, please visit www.themill.com
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