The Animago Award & Conference is an annual celebration of the best works in the entire spectrum of digital media production and visualization. Starting in 1997, the Animago Award has helped many artists achieve international prominence and acknowledgment. When Matthew Monro heard that his work 'Guarding the Van' (created for the end of 2nd year project) had been nominated as one of the top 5 contestants in the Best Still category, he was blown away.
With assistance from Media Design School, he headed off to Berlin, Germany in late October to attend the awards. The event itself was an amazing opportunity to meet, connect and learn from some big names in the industry.
Over the two-day event there were many eye-opening lectures on various aspects of digital production, from an amazing breakdown of the latest RYSE: Son of Rome trailer, what makes Pixar's amazing cinematography, to the somewhat bleak present & future of the post-production industry and everything in between.
The award ceremony was held on the evening of the first day. Matthew found it to be an intensely nerve-wracking experience seeing his work displayed before hundreds of people. Unfortunately he didn't walk away with a win, but he said that just to be nominated is an award in itself.
Attending the conference also put him into touch with leading studios like RTT, Ghost VFX, Chimney FX, Flavor3D, LUXX STUDIOS and Pixar Animation. He found many of them were extremely keen to just chat about the industry and recent films. He also managed to get feedback on his reel from a few people, including the Director of Photography at Pixar. He gave some really good feedback and constructive criticism but also encouraged Matthew to keep doing what he’s doing.