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UVU Student Teams Win Awards At International Digital Media Arts Association Conference

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November 15, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

Utah Valley University digital media student teams won two of three individual project awards at the 10th annual conference of the International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa) that took place Nov. 8-10 in Miami.

An interactive game called “Cape Chronicles,” developed by a team of six UVU digital media students as a course assignment, received the iDMAa award for excellence in game development. To learn more about “Cape Chronicles,” visit its student-run website, www.capechroniclesgame.com. Joe Albrethsen, one of the students on the UVU digital media team, was in Miami to attend the conference and accept the award.

As a result of winning the award, Albrethsen was able to meet and discuss careers in the digital game industry with Richard Hilleman, the creative director at Electronic Arts, one of the nation’s largest and most successful video game development companies with titles such as “John Madden Football” and “Sims.” Hilleman received a lifetime achievement award at the iDMAa awards banquet.

“The Lizard and the Ladder,” a 3-D animated short released last year received the iDMAa award for outstanding achievement in digital arts.

“This is most likely the last award the ‘Lizard’ cartoon will compete for,” said Rodayne Esmay, UVU digital media professor. “It had a great run through the film festival circuit and was seen in numerous venues across the country. It is very satisfying to see it complete the competition season so well.”

This is the second significant award for “The Lizard and the Ladder,” in the past two weeks. The Audio Engineering Society honored UVU digital media student Brian Parsons for his surround sound design and work on the film.

The iDMAa is an organization focused on academic collaboration that combines the best practices within educational institutions and private enterprise in order to look ahead to the future of media, culture and arts education. For more information, visit www.idmaa.org.

“Cape Chronicles” digital media team

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