Durham animation students' work praised Print

The work of a group of digital animation students at Oshawa's Durham College is earning praise from a highly regarded British music website.

A number of students from the Animation-Digital Arts and Animation-Digital Production programs at Durham were lauded for their work on an animated music video by Drowned in Sound (DiS), a well-respected, editorially independent music website based in the United Kingdom.

Working collaboratively, the students created a video for Opus 66 Part 1, a song by Toronto- and London-based experimental music group The Flowers of Hell.

The four-minute animated video features highly stylized artwork in both black and white and colour and appears on The Flowers of Hell DVD titled Live at the Music Gallery. The video is loosely based on the work of 19th century artist Aubrey Beardsley, an English illustrator and author and pioneer of the Art Nouveau style.

The students worked to realize the vision of Greg Jarvis, lead guitarist of The Flowers of Hell and a Durham College instructor in the Music Business Management program.
"As an artist you never want to give up creative control of your work," says Jarvis. "It was nice being able to work directly with the Animation students on the video. They realized the vision I had and I am happy with the finished product."

DiS's review of the video describes it as a striking piece of animation that does enormous justice to both its creators and musical accomplices. The positive review was posted to its website toward the end of last year and is considered to be a coup for Durham College and the Animation program, as DiS is known for its sometimes harsh critiques.