Designing Dreams Studio Success


In celebration of DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, we put the call out to aspiring and established animators to submit their work and make a pitch to DreamWorks Animation as part of our Designing Dreams Studio.

From the hundreds of awesome entries, we joined forces with DreamWorks Animation to select a small group of animators to go behind-the-screens in an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best of the best – the studio behind Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon.

The successful applicants will take the journey from sketch-to-screen, meeting DreamWorks Animation creatives, walking the red carpet at the exhibition’s world premiere and getting access to the DreamWorks Industry Masterclass. The experience culminates with participants presenting their work directly to the DreamWorks Animation team via video link in L.A.

Just in time for DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, we’re happy to announce the five successful applicants!

David Blumenstein
David Blumenstein is a storyboard artist and animator who works on TV shows for kids and adults, as well as advertising. He’s also developing an adult-orientated, animated cop show, Be A Man, and is interested in the humorous side of storytelling.

You can check out the show-reel he submitted to for Designing Dreams Studio below, and see his pitch on YouTube.

Nirali Somaia
Recent Masters Graduate in Animation from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Nirali Somaia is already enjoying animation success. Her student film, Whale Song, has already screened at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and won the Award for Best Animation at the Action on Film International Film Festival.

Ben Ommundson
Ben Ommundson is in his third and final year of his undergraduate degree in animation at RMIT, and has already worked with studios across Australia and overseas as an animator, storyboard artist and director.

Check out his pitch and show-reel below.

Andrew Bowler
Andrew Bowler has been working in animation for the past two years and has recently finished working on a children’s cartoon. He has also worked on music videos and short films. Unfortunately we can’t show you his show-reel, but you can see his pitch below.

Fiona Dalwood
Fiona Dalwood is a multi-disciplined artist based in Melbourne, having graduated from the VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since then Fiona has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and later decided to pursue her passion for animation by returning to study at the VCA.

Her short animated films The Comeback and The Batchelor Experience have toured many film festivals around the world. Fiona’s most recent film production was Good Grief, a short animated doco that looks at what we have to gain from losing something we love.

Congratulations to all who submitted their work and the successful applicants!

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition runs from Thursday 10 April – Sunday 5 October 2014. 

Check out the full program of events and don’t forget to visit our ACMI DreamWorks Online Hub for exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, concept art, articles and insight into the world’s largest animation studio. 

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