This Gorgeous Animated Student Film Won the Black Cube at ADC

School of Visual Arts' 'Taking the Plunge' Won Show's Highest Honor

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Jun 09, 2016

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"Taking the Plunge" is a beautifully animated story of what happens when a young man, about to propose, drops the engagement ring in the ocean. Created by a group of students at New York's School of Visual Arts, the film took the Black Cube, the highest honor for Best in Show, at the ADC Awards in New York last night. It marked the first time the show's top prize went to a school entry.

The film was created by SVA computer art, animation and visual effects students Thaddaeus Andreades, Marie Raoult, Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, under project coordinator Laura Nitz. It marks the first time a student entry has won a Black Cube, and the work also earned an ADC Gold Cube in Motion, Animation.

"Taking the Plunge presents a confluence of extraordinary skill, thoughtfulness, story, heart and dedication brought to life at the very beginning of some young careers," said Rama Allen, executive creative director, The Mill, who served as chair of the ADC 95th Annual Awards Motion jury. "We would have applauded the remarkable craftsmanship of this piece regardless of how much experience lay behind it, but we felt the rare early talent we saw deserved to be recognized with a commensurate honor. We congratulate the SVA team for some damn good filmmaking that made us laugh, exclaim and even feel a little bit jealous."

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Jun 09, 2016
School of Visual Arts
Animation, Lighting, Compositing Supervisor:
Thaddeus Andreades
Character, Modeling, Rigging:
Marie Raoult
Cinematography, Story, Animation:
Nicholas Manfredi
Look Development Creative Director:
Elizabeth Ku-Herrero
Project Coordinator:
Laura Nitz

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