Aussie students invited to the Autodesk Bootcamp in Hong Kong

08 December, 2011 by IF

Press release from Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, is pleased to announce the return of the Autodesk PANORAMA Student Bootcamp for the third year running. Created by Autodesk with the aim of igniting passion and creativity in Asia’s aspiring designers and animators, the bootcamp was designed as a unique learning platform that would give the next-generation of design talent the opportunity to develop their skills under the guidance of top professionals in the industry.


This year, the three-day intensive program will take 24 student finalists from 10 APAC countries, including two Australian students, to Hong Kong, where they will hone their skills in 3D animation and modeling under the tutelage of four respected industry professionals representing the biggest and best production houses worldwide. They will also be exposed to the latest trends in the world of animation, visual effects and motion picture production to give them a unique and informed perspective on the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the industry.

The distinguished line-up of mentors for the Autodesk PANORAMA Student Bootcamp includes:
• Mr Kim Ooi, Animation Supervisor – Feature Animation, Industrial Light and Magic Singapore
• Mr Ken Huff, Technical Trainer, Lucasfilm Singapore
• Mr Ian Cope, Visual Effects & Stereoscopic Producer, Rising Sun Pictures
• Ms Hsu Wen-Chin, Lighting Technical Director, Pixar Animation Studios

Student finalists were chosen based on their submissions for the Autodesk iiko Experience – a competition challenging students and industry professionals across 14 countries in Asia Pacific to submit their most creative interpretation of iiko, a fictitious character created by Autodesk. Each individual brought the base model character to life with the help of the world-class software products in Autodesk’s Digital Entertainment Creation suite, accessible to students for free via the Autodesk Education Community (URL: In all, over a thousand entries were received across the two student competition categories, 3D Animation and 3D Modeling.

“Over the last two years, Autodesk PANORAMA has successfully built a platform to incubate design talent right here in Asia by providing the next generation of designers and animators with the inspiration, training and software they need to succeed,” shared George Abraham, Senior Manager, Education Programs, at Autodesk Asia Pacific. “The standard of this year’s submissions is a testament to what students can achieve with the power of their imagination, brought to life with the same software used by the best in the industry. This year’s very exciting program was the fruition of the close partnership between Autodesk, Cyberport and other big industry names. Autodesk is committed in developing the capabilities of the young participants to equip them better for the challenges they would face as industry professionals. We look forward to welcoming our finalists to Hong Kong for this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity.”

In Hong Kong, finalists will be broken into teams to create their own short film project on their experience for the final team award. Teams will be judged on the overall creativity of their concept, storyboarding and overall execution, and will also get a chance for their film to be featured on the Animax channel and website. All student finalists will also get to end their trip as conference attendees at SIGGRAPH Asia 2011, the Asian leg of one of the world’s largest computer graphics conferences, where they will be joined by winners from the open category for the Autodesk iiko Experience.

*The student category of the Autodesk iiko Experience to select the finalists was open to students aged 18 and over, in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.