August 9, 2011: Capilano University students top winners in Animation Magazine’s contest

      Wednesday, August 10, 2011
      Contacts: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596
      Roxana Beiklik:

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – Capilano University animation students have yet again made their mark atop the winner’s circle of Animation Magazine’s annual Pitch Party contest.

      Animation magazine is based in Hollywood and is considered the top trade magazine for the international industry. Judging was by top animation executives in charge of development at Disney, Cartoon Network, Comedy Channel, PBS, and others. This year marked the most participants for online voting for the public vote.

      Cap U animation alumnus, Roxana Beiklik, took second place in the contest for animation designers, and second-year student, Cory Ostenberg, won first place in the public vote for Fat Girl Mystery Club

      A North Vancouver resident, Roxana initially created her appealing Witch Hazel character for her first year design final while still at university.

      “For our final project, we had been asked to create a model pack consisting of five original characters which we would need to pitch to the class at the end of the semester,” she says. “After graduating, I finally got a chance to revisit the idea and work on it a little more and eventually it evolved into what was put into this pitch.”

      The talented 22-year old plans to pursue a career in story and visual development.

      “Right now my plan is to continue learning and improving,” she says. “The foundation of any project is definitely the most appealing part of the creation process to me.”

      Roxana names animation masters Bruce Timm and Glen Keane as two of her main influences.

      “I’ve always loved and admired any and all aspects of animation ever since I can remember,” she says. “It wasn’t until my third year in university that I finally decided to pursue my passion more seriously as a profession, and I’m very glad I did. I recently completed the two-year Commercial Animation Program at Capilano University and I have to say, going there was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made; it’s an amazing program with a great faculty and my time was definitely well spent.”

      The competition is open to professionals and students alike. Past Cap winners include:
      2010 - Candice Prince won third place
      2009 - Chelsea Gorgon-Ratzlaff won first place
      2008 – Mike Jones tied for first place and Colleen Thomas won third place.

      Capilano University has a long history of successful career training for the animation industry, including intensive training courses in traditional and 3D computer animation that lead to careers in animation as designers, storyboard artists, layout artists, 3D modelers, texture artists and animators. For more information, visit the Animation program website.

      For more information, visit Animag’s website.