Students Win Canon Filmmakers Challenge

Students Win Canon Filmmakers Challenge

The UNM Taos Dual Credit team of four recently beat out 10 other college media programs to win the Canon Filmmakers Challenge at the 2016 Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.

The team included students from both Creative Media and Animation Dual Credit courses and combined live action with animation. The storyline, video shots, animation, and editing all got produced in 96 hours. The story won the heart of the New Mexico Film Office Judges for first place. And because Canon is a Japanese company, the DMA program also received a letter of appreciation from the Japanese Consulate in Albuquerque.

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The story synopsis: A young artist named Zia visits the Albuquerque Balloon Festival and sketches the soaring landscape. The artists, the musicians, and the adventures inspire him to dream big.

Angelica Espinoza and Lorenzo Lopez have been taking UNM Taos Dual Credit Media classes at Taos High School for the past three years. They are seniors and will be entering the Digital Media Associates Degree at UNM Taos in the fall. Lorenzo is a gifted animator who is both fast and clever. Angelica is a vivacious emerging filmmaker and will be the first in her family to go to college. The two working together make an awesome director team.

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