The Incident at Tower 37, a short animation film collaboratively made at Hampshire College, debuted online on March 22 in honor of World Water Day. With an environmental message on the importance of ecosystems, the film had already enjoyed a remarkable festival run, showing in 60-plus film festivals and winning 20 awards. Since being posted online, it has had more than 139,000 views on Vimeo and more than 58,000 on YouTube.
Tower 37 writer and director Chris Perry associate professor of media arts and sciences, created a sequence of courses at Hampshire that brought interdisciplinary collaboration into the animation classroom.
These classes put students from all corners of campus into the same room and gave them the same assignment—to produce a high-end computer animated short film. To meet this goal, working relationships needed to be forged between studio artists, animators, filmmakers, composers, and computer scientists. These same relationships form the foundation of any major studio feature animation team.
The Incident at Tower 37 (2009) is a ten-minute HD animated film following two unlikely heroes as they rise up against their oppressors. Like the earlier film Displacement (2002), it is another collaboratively-produced project made at Hampshire College.
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