DiMA Showcase & Competition results

The breadth of student talent across the county was on display at this year’s DiMA Showcase, with top awards going to students from Vista, Sweetwater, Coronado, Poway, and San Diego City School Districts.  The following received recognition and awards:

Best Graphic Design (G1): “Muse Skateboards” by Derek Shafer from Westview High School, Teacher John Nacu. Award: 1-week Photoshop class at Platt College-San Diego

Best Animated/Interactive Design (GX): “Flower Assault” by Paolo Tellez from Bonita Vista High School, Teacher Edwin Lim.  Award: 1-on-1 consultation with professionals at LEARN, a Bootcamp for internet design and interactive engineering

Best Music Composition (M1) & BEST OF SHOW: “Prominence” by Miguel Prima from Mission Vista High School, Teacher Anne Fennell.  Award: choice of Presonus Music Creation Suite or GoPro Hero 3+ camera

Best Narrative Video (V1): “Don’t Sit on Me” by Nico Lavachek at Coronado High School, Teacher Carlos Pelayo.  Award: Hubsan X4 Drone with video camera

Best Documentary Video (V2), High School: “Skin” by Hinsseenee Regassa, Pacific Arts Reel Voices, Teacher Pat Clark.  Award: 1-week Filmmaking class at Platt College-San Diego

Best Documentary Video (V2), Middle School: “Sundays with Sachiko” by Cole Mullins, from Coronado Middle School, Teacher Amy Steward.  Award: Lunch at Clayton’s and coaching session with directors of EyeLikeVideo Productions

Best Journalism/PSA Video (V3/4/X): “Drug Overdoses” by Natalie Starr and Brooklynn Hamilton from Scripps Ranch High School, Teacher Gary Kelley.  Award: 1-on-1 consultation with head of The Director’s Edge Training Program in Los Angeles

Best Video, any category: “I’m Just Like You” by Ashton Tu at Pacific Arts Reel Voices, Teacher Pat Clark.  Award: Online summer enrollment at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, including class fees for four courses

Outstanding Program Award: Music Composition Program directed by Anne Fennell from Mission Vista High School.  Award: Short documentary, GoPro Hero camera, and lunch at Comic-con

Email Drawing: Subscriber #153, Ray Adair of CPMA Magnet School.  Award: GoPro Hero camera

In addition to exhibition at the Showcase event, ALL student entrants received positive and constructive feedback from multiple judges.  Those notes will be emailed directly to students on Monday, June 8, or as soon as we have individual contact information.  Please encourage student entrants who have not already done so to contact us with that email. Students awarded prizes who did not collect these at the Showcase should contact us ASAP.  Some awards are time-restricted, and all awards must be claimed (or forfeited) by June 30, 2015.

Thank you for joining the 2015 DiMA Showcase–or at least for tolerating our emails thus far.  Please watch for a survey for teachers next week, which will be an important voice in planning our 2016 event.

Spread the word!

As the final deadline (May 11) approaches, we are encouraging friends, teachers, and students to share information about the DiMA Showcase event.  You can tap into the latest prize and judge information through Facebook, Instagram (dima.showcase), or Twitter.  Or go really old-school and print out (or email) this flyer:


Teacher’s choice

A shortcut appears as (LAST) deadline nears

Although the judging phase of the 2015 DiMA Showcase hasn’t started, we have begun interviewing teachers about ways to make the Showcase more helpful and accessible to students and teachers.  An immediate suggestion that we can address this year is to offer one free entry, per class, to every media arts teacher in San Diego County.  If you’ve got that student for whom the entry fee is just that last obstacle, you can make it go away.  But they must enter by the final deadline, May 11.  Entry details are in the box below.

What is DiMA?

We are bringing top industry professionals working with Disney, World of Warcraft, Coca-Cola and more in to help students improve their work, get a shot at scholarships, gear and other inspiring prizes, and generally to encourage students to see what a future in the Digital Media Arts Profession can be for them. It all culminates in Open-to-the-public Showcase Event where ALL submitters’ work will be celebrated and showcased at the Digital Gym.

The event will include representatives from advanced and university training programs, as well as judges such as Digital Artist Tony Washington.  There will be student award presentations, plus teachers and top programs acknowledged.  And finally, the drawing for that GoPro camera prize offered to email subscribers.  But nobody wins unless they complete their entry by May 11!

To use the free Teacher Choice, the standard Entry Form (step 2) is still required.  The only difference is that as the Paypal receipt number, enter TEACHERCHOICE, the teacher’s LASTNAME, and the NAME OF YOUR CLASS.Remember, you are gifting your student with access to an extraordinary, potentially life-changing opportunity. Plus you as the teacher are eligible for the teacher-only awards: Best-of-Show teacher, Model Program documentary, and an enervating visit to Comic-Con. Go to the Entry page.

Top DISNEY Exec joins panel!

We are excited to announce the Head of Original TV Programming for DISNEY, Jay Francis, as a judge for the Digital Media Arts Showcase.

Every teacher hopes to make a positive difference in their students’ lives.  The Digital Media Arts (DiMA) Showcase is a potential life-changer.  Our judges are working professionals (Disney, Sony, TimeWarner…) and every entry is guaranteed feedback from one or more.

We realize what teachers are paid, and how tricky reimbursement can be.  So we offer this guarantee: any unused 2015 entry fees can be applied to the 2016 DiMA Showcase.  Order by February 28.

Digital Artist Tony Washington joins Showcase judges

What do WORLD OF WARCRAFT, LADY GAGA, and Marvel’s SUPER HERO SQUAD have in common?

An artist with sterling credits in the video game, music, and comic book industries, Tony joins artists behind STAR WARS, RANGO, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN to bring a state-of-the-art perspective to San Diego high school and middle school students. Event judges include working pros from every digital media industry, and range from local advertising and media all the way to the head of original programming for DISNEY television!  It’s a unique opportunity for San Diego students, and the next deadline is coming fast: March 31. Visit the website for category details and sign up for our GoPro camera raffle.

Speaking of prizes, next week we will highlight the latest scholarships, mentoring sessions, and media tools being offered to student winners this year. And remember, the teacher whose student takes our Best-of-Show award will also win a GoPro camera, a day at Comic-con, and a lunch on-site.

IRON MAN and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN artist joins showcase!

Digital Artist brings her expertise to DiMA Showcase

Melissa Mullin, a Digital Artist who has worked on all the PIRATES films–as well as STAR TREK, RANGO, HARRY POTTER and many others–has joined the judging panel for the 2015 Digital Media Arts Showcase. Ms. Mullin works at Industrial Light & Magic, the premier video effects company in the world.

Next deadline for the DiMA Showcase is March 31.  Enter now to take advantage of advance pricing.

Welcome Jay Francis, from Disney

Jay Francis, Director of Original Series for DISNEY has lived the life of an independent artist/entrepreneur.  He’s built a career, bit by bit, outside of the studio system.  And he’s now in a position to bring great artists into the mainstream fold.  He brings a deep understanding, love and appreciation for the independent artist to a position of great power within the studio system.

Boston native, Jay Francis graduated from the distinguished Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

In 1991, Jay and three partners formed Lil’ Gangster Entertainment, a boutique animation studio with offices in Los Angeles and Paris. The company produced traditional animation, live action, graphics, and designs for prestigious clients such as Cartoon Network, Electronic Arts, Interplay Productions, Sega, Canal Plus, MTV, Universal Cartoon Studios, and Warner Bros. Animation. In 1994 Lil’ Gangster merged with Strategic Visions to create Vortex Media Arts, a software development company that generated over four million dollars in revenue worldwide. Vortex clients included Hasbro Interactive, Fox Interactive, and Creative Wonders. Prior to this, he spent six years at DIC Entertainment, supervising such animated series as Dennis the Menace, Heathcliff, Inspector Gadget, Madeline, and The Real Ghostbusters.

In January 1997, Jay brought his animation production expertise to Film Roman as the Director of Talent Recruiting. He was responsible for placing the artistic talent behind such well-known programs as The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Mission Hill, The Oblongs, and X-Men as well as hiring staff for the studio’s development and digital art departments. During that time, he also established the company’s successful Internship program. In 1999, Jay was promoted to Vice-President and General Manager for LEVEL13.NET, Film Roman’s internet subsidiary where he acquired hundreds of animated short films for development into television series, direct-to-video features, video games, and internet programming. A co-producer of the 2001 and 2002 DIRECTV – LEVEL13.NET ANIMATED FILM FESTIVALS, Jay worked closely with satellite television giant DIRECTV to create two compelling 90-minute televised presentations.

In 2002, Jay co-founded Phuuz Entertainment.  Phuuz focused on developing content for the internet, video/computer games, television, film, comic books, and other traditional and new media formats directed at a worldwide audience. phuuz also offered production supervision, consulting services, program distribution, artist management, and localization of Japanese content.  Their clients included Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Home Video, TV Asahi, Toei Animation, Banpresto, Seoul Movie, TMS Entertainment, MTV, DPS/Film Roman, C2 Pictures, Geneon Entertainment USA, Mutant Enemy Productions, 20th Century Fox Television, Paramount Home Entertainment, Kids WB, and Cartoon Network.

Then in 2007, after more than 20 years as a force of nature in the ‘independent’ world, Jay stepped into his current position smack dab in the center of the animation world…at DISNEY.  We’re proud and grateful to have Jay on board and sincerely hope that his perspective helps make this competition truly relevant to you and other content-creators.

We’re not just giving away fish

Deadline Tuesday for 2015 Showcase

A fish will feed you today.  LEARNING to fish, you can eat every day.  The Digital Media Arts Showcase is about leveraging the skills you have taught your students, with the expertise of pros working with MARVEL, WORLD OF WARCRAFT, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, DISNEY.  Yes, we have fish for the best entries (although we prefer to think of them as TOOLS).  More importantly, every category winner will receive free classes, one-on-one consultation, and/or studio time and resources.  And every entrant will get feedback from pros who already get paid to do the work your students want to do. Entry deadline is March 31.

Teachers are invited!

If your student takes home Best-of-Show, or if your students collectively win the Program Highlight prize (number of entrants X average judges’ score), you’ll get a GoPro camera plus a day at Comic-con.  More importantly, DiMA will produce a short video highlighting your program and your students, and post it online as a Model Program in Digital Media Arts.

SUBMIT TODAY: Videos, photography, animation, music, web & graphic design

How can you Motivate and Celebrate your students?

How about providing an opportunity to get their work in front of top professionals from DISNEY and ILM (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, STAR TREK, HARRY POTTER), guys who work with brands like MCDONALD’S, COKE, beats by DR. DRE….

DiMA is based on the student showcase launched for the Sweetwater school district in 2009, which has grown every year since.  The 2015 DiMA opens that design to all of San Diego County…and ups the ante in a big way with HUGE industry players as judges, PRIZES that include a summer SCHOLARSHIP to the Academy of Art University, PRO GEAR (like cameras) and a LIVE SHOWCASE that celebrates the best videos, animation, music, graphic design and web design of students from all over San Diego County.  Learn more at: www.dmashowcase.org