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The Art Institutes, HP and Saytek Announce National Student Animation Competition Winners

(SAN DIEGO, August 5, 2007) – A 1950s style animated B-movie – science fiction style – wins the grand prize during the ninth annual HP/Saytek/Art Institute animation competition. Dennis Flath, a Media Arts & Animation student at The Art Institute of Philadelphia won the grand prize in the individual category for "Invasion of the Alien Infants." Flath will join the team category grand prize winners, Daniel Garnett, Craig Casareo and Manuel Sierra, also from The Art Institute of Philadelphia, at this year's SIGGRAPH convention to share their talents with animation and digital media industry leaders.

HP and Saytek sponsor the national competition, now in its ninth year, exclusively for students of The Art Institutes schools. The competition features two subcategories – Individual and Team. The top prize is an all-expense paid trip to SIGGRAPH August 7-9, 2007 in San Diego, California, where the students will present their winning work in The Art Institutes Booth #1215, network with potential employers and enjoy recognition from colleagues, peers and industry leaders. Flath will also receive an HP Workstation; Garnett, Casareo and Sierra each receive HP digital cameras.

"Invasion of the Alien Infants" begins as a cow grazing peacefully in a field is taken up to an alien craft. We fear the worst for the bovine as she is placed in an alien probe-like machine manipulated by a green-headed alien…then breathe a sigh of relief as we realize the alien baby is simply filling its baby bottle with her milk. Designed in classic 1950s B-movie – science fiction style, "Invasion of the Alien Infants," demonstrates a mastery of both visual technique and clever storyboarding.

The winning entry in the team category, "Trick or Treat Ninja," begins against a full moon and the night skyline of Philadelphia. A masked ninja leaps from rooftop to rooftop and on to a fire escape. As he descends, he is met by a small person in a pumpkin costume carrying a trick-or-treat lantern. Fearing for themselves and fearful of each other – they leap in surprise and flea the scene. "Trick-or-Treat Ninja" is a 3-D animated short and a unique demonstration of man vs. man and the fear of what one doesn't know and/or understand.

Flath, Garnett, Casareo and Manuel will graduate from The Art Institute of Philadelphia in September 2007.

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