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Animation Instructor Wins Top Award at Film Festival

Prize given at Canyonlands Film Festival for 4-minute short Bat City By DMN Staff Writer
In the increasingly competitive world of animation, an instructor at The Art Institute of Portland is making a name for himself across the country with his latest animated short film. Media Arts & Animation Instructor Bob Deavers new film Bat City recently won ?Best Animation at the Canyonlands Film Festival in Moab, Utah.

The animated film debuted at the Hollywood Film Festival last August. It was chosen to be shown along with 43 other films out of 1,500 entries received. Since then, the film has won a ?Special Jury Prize at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, as well as an ?Honorable Mention for Best Animation at the Voladero Film Festival in Mexico. Now Deaver can add the coveted ?Best Animation title to the films credits.

Bat City is a 4-minute animation that follows the trials and tribulations of a violin-playing bat seeking companionship in the upward reaches of a hostile inner city. His failures and successes with friendship are echoed in the weeping and jubilance of his violin strings. The ending expresses the irony of urban environments full of people. The film is suitable for all ages.

Bob Deaver spent four years creating Bat City in his spare time, and hes happy with the end product. ?I just really wanted to focus on good character animation and good facial expressions and a solid story, he said. ?I had pushed everything as far as I wanted and didnt compromise, so everything came out as I wanted it, he says.

At The Art Institute of Portland, Deaver teaches mainly upper-level animation courses such as Advanced 3-D Modeling, Advanced 3-D Animation, Advanced 3D Texturing, and Senior Projects. Bat Citywill make its Portland debut at the next Art Institute of Portland Student Video & Animation Festival at the Hollywood Theatre on January 11, 2002, at 7:00 pm.

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