MDS, Auckland, 17 June 2014: Media Design School is Over The Moon with the success of its latest short film, which has been selected for the prestigious Comic-Con IFF in San Diego July 24-27.
Featuring cult comic book heroine Connie Radar, Over The Moon can only be described as an intergalactic battle of the sexes complete with robots, astronauts and lots of guns.
It will screen as part of the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, which showcases the very best films in their genre from around the world. Director James Cunningham (Shelved, Rotting Hill) and writer/creator Karl Wills will also attend as invited speakers.
Cunningham, a senior 3D lecturer at the Auckland-based school, was quick to congratulate the 15 Media Design School students and New Zealand film industry contributors who brought the project to life including musician Gray Bartlett (Return of Zero Man), composer Jason Smith and the actors; Anna Jullienne (Shortland Street), Calum Gittins, David Van Horn and Damien Avery.
“Over The Moon was Media Design School’s most ambitious project to date, with 15 Bachelor of Art and Design students working for 23 weeks and 18,000 hours to complete the film. Achieving this recognition from Comic-Con is incredible and a testament to the hard work and creativity of the faculty, students and industry partners who worked on this project,” says Cunningham.
Several of the students who worked on the film have just been snapped up by Weta Digital where they will work on the last of The Hobbit trilogy.
With more than 130,000 visitors pouring through Comic-Con’s doors each day, the four-day entertainment convention is the largest event of its kind in the world. It is also an opportunity for fans to hear the latest film and television announcements, often from the stars themselves.
Closer to home, Over The Moon will make its New Zealand premiere in the New Zealand International Film Festival after it was selected as a finalist for Best Short by Andrew Adamson (Mr Pip, The Chronicles of Narnia).
ABOUT JAMES CUNNINGHAM
James Cunningham is a celebrated filmmaker and producer who has directed 11 award-winning short films featuring 3D animation and visual effects. His recent success includes slacker robot comedy Shelved, which won three LA Movie Awards and was selected for SXSW 2013, and Rotting Hill – a zombie romance featuring Anna Hutchison (Underbelly, Cabin In The Woods, Go Girls) – which has surpassed one million views on Vimeo and won seven awards at international festivals. In 2012, films Dr Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game and Das Tub represented New Zealand as finalists in the international YouTube film festival after being selected from thousands of regional entries.
Prior to joining Media Design School as a senior 3D lecturer, James headed 3D at one of New Zealand’s premiere post-production houses, Digital Post and was a technical director on The Lord of the Rings at Weta Digital.
He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and a Master of Fine Arts in digital animation from Elam School of Fine Arts (Auckland, NZ).
ABOUT MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL
Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand is internationally acclaimed for its specialized qualifications for emerging creative industries including 3D animation and visual effects; game art and game programming; interactive online and media design. It is also home to the award-winning AdSchool for creative advertising, voted No.4 most creative school in the world by Young Guns. Media Design School is distinguished by its high-profile industry collaborations, immersive learning environment and award-winning student work. Part of the Laureate University Network, the world’s largest group of private tertiary providers, Media Design School provides access to international education opportunities. For more information, visit: www.mediadesignschool.com