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School of Animation Alumna Bridged the Gap to Emmy Success

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Recent Academy of Art University School of Animation graduate alumna Ting Chian Tey won first place in Animation at the College Television Awards in Los Angeles.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation hosted its 32 annual College Television Awards, which honored the nation’s best student-produced work in video, digital and film production. More than 30 college students from across the United States competed for placement.

“It was my first time attending such an event, and I never had dreamt I would even be attending such a thing in my life,” said Ting. Up against talented artist from around the world, “I felt honored when they called my name” for the best in Animation, said Ting.

Ting’s winning animated film Bridge is a depiction of four animals attempting to cross a bridge and their creative ways to overcome each other in order to do so. “It’s a production that’s meant to be a metaphor for daily life where we face disagreements, and it’s a cautionary tale about the possible results of pride and compromise,” Ting said.

“I was inspired by many childhood cartoons, comics and games…. They are entertainment that brought me much joy and I would love to be able to create and bring that joy to others,” Ting said. Creating a four-character animated film by herself was a thrilling idea, but at times the task seemed daunting. However, with the encouragement of Instructor Tom Bertino, Ting was able to conquer the challenge and completed her film. “Academy of Art University has helped me a lot in the sense of networking and understanding the filmmaking industry” along with building her skill-set and utilizing her childhood inspirations, Ting says.

Ting has recently been working on the children’s holiday film Arthur Christmas, with several other talented artists, including some former Academy of Art University classmates. She is currently working on several comic projects with animation spin-offs, allowing her the opportunity to further work on developing story ideas. “Winning the award definitely motivated me to never stop working hard and to create more films,” said the AAU alumna.

Persistence is more important than talent, and never doubt your power” is the advice that Ting has for students following their dreams. Due to Ting’s personal attributes of determination and work ethic as well as the skills she has learned at Academy of Art University, she is able to keep doing what she loves to do every day.

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