St. Amant High awarded at animation festival

Staff reports
St. Amant High School teachers and students who participated in animation training through the Red Stick International Animation Festival won the “Best Animation Collaboration Film” award. Shown from left are St. Amant digital media teacher Paula Eaton, Bristol Parish, Blake Gautreaux, Jaci Bourgeois, Ariel Berthelot, Chris Stafford, Bria Turner, Cody Roussel and St. Amant art teacher Darryl Babin.

Teachers and students from St. Amant High School recently won an award at the 2009 Red Stick International Animation Festival for “Best Animation Collaboration Film.”

The students’ animated short film, “Your Impact…Impacts You,” was created by teachers Paula Eaton and Darryl Babin and students Courtney Aucoin, Claire Babin, Ariel Berthelot, Jaci Bourgeois, Blake Gautreaux, Jami Marchand, Bristol Parish, Cody Roussel, Christopher Stafford and Bria Turner.

Each year, AnimAction judges select the best film from among several Louisiana high schools that submit their films to the Red Stick Festival. The winning film receives a special award during the screening.

Teachers and students from Dutchtown High School, East Ascension High School, St. Amant High School and Donaldsonville High School spent nearly a week working with AnimAction to learn animation and create their films.

The films were screened in the Manship Theatre at the Red Stick International Animation Festival, and the teachers discussed the production process with audience members.

The animated films will also be submitted to festivals and film screenings around the world.

Previous Animation Collaboration films have been screened as far away as Europe and Asia, and still can be seen online through several youth media Web sites.

“The Animation Collaboration experience gave the students a clearer understanding of the importance of the planning process when creating animated films,” said Eaton. “Participating in the Red Stick International Animation Festival competition certainly heightened the students’ interest of learning more about the animation industry as a possible career path.”

As a local supporter of digital media and a corporate sponsor of the Red Stick International Animation Festival, EATEL worked with the Ascension Parish School System and AnimAction to bring this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to the Ascension students.

Collaboration for a Cause is an annual part of the Red Stick International Animation Festival thanks to a partnership with AnimAction, a company that focuses on youth expression through animation.

Each year AnimAction artists work closely with school-age children, helping them create animation about their experiences with various social issues.

This year’s theme, “Heating Up,” focuses on climate change, global warming and environmental issues. Past topics have included natural disasters, organ and tissue donation and Hurricane Katrina experiences.