Recently, Bachelor of Art and Design senior lecturer, James Cunningham, received the DEGNZ Best Editor Award for Media Design School's latest short film, “Accidents, Blunders and Calamities,” at New Zealand's only Academy Awards accredited film festival, Show Me Shorts.
Inspired by the works of Edward Gorey, “Accidents, Blunders and Calamities,” is the tale of a father possum reading a cautionary bedtime story to his children about the most dangerous animal – humans!
This dark comedy for kids and parents alike is a hilarious and brutal alphabet of death and mayhem exacted upon animals by ignorant humans. A total of 30 computer generated animals were meticulously crafted and killed by a team of 44 third year Bachelor of Art and Design students.
“Accidents, Blunders and Calamities” was in contention for two additional awards at the 10th Annual Show Me Shorts festival, including the Oscar®-accredited Lightbox Best Film Award, which was ultimately won by Alyx Duncan for her film, “The Tide Keeper.”