Animated Short Films are produced at MAGIC as a capstone project during the second academic year. All students are granted the opportunity to pitch an idea for a short-animated film, selection is done in two phases: The first selection panel is composed by MAGIC staff, faculty, MDC administrators and members from the community actively engaged in the arts, film,animation or video game production. Selection is based on having an original idea, strong and defined characters, production feasibility and the potential to elevate MDC MAGIC and our community through its message.
On the second phase, selected students pitch their story to executives and professionals from animation studios currently partnering with MAGIC. The selection is then made based on their commercial prospects, ability to engage an audience and a story line which allows further development. During the 2016/17 academic year, “Levitate” and “Dine & Dash” were mentored by Nickelodeon, and “New World Order” by Fox Animation.
LEVITATE, created by Sofia Raffo
This is the story of a special girl on a journey to find her inner self, a tale that help kids learn to overcome their fears. Piper, and her spirit animal Pandi, are excited to start summer at Camp Pharawei! That is, until Piper’s anxiety gets in the way of making new friends. With Pandi’s help, Piper meditates to rise above her fears. In the process, Piper learns how special she really is.
Produced by Ashley Saludes and Original Soundtrack by Jose Luis Hernandez & Andrew Gonzales. VIACOM Project Mentors: Miriam Luciow and Gigi Gomez.
Watch “Levitate” on Nickelodeon Latin America in Spanish and in Portuguese
NEW WORLD ORDER, created by Jonathan Fernandez
New World Order is a story about… let’s be honest: it’s about a collection of idiots. Eyessac is the secret leader of the infamous Illuminati. They work from the shadows to control you, the mindless masses. To continue his reign of idiocy, he must perform a dark ritual and summon aid from the underworld. Unfortunately for Eyessac, things never go quite as he plans.
Produced by Jason A. Rivera Original Soundtrack by Andrew Gonzales. Industry Mentor: Drew Tolman
DINE & DASH, created by Laquisha Campos
Agent K, star of the Culinary Investigative Authority, is hot on the heels of America’s most notorious dine-and-dashers: Grandma Grits and her gluttonous grandkids! Will our heroic, iron-eyebrowed Agent stop the gang from eating more restaurants out of business? Find out in Dine & Dash: Tip Not Included!
Produced by William Tang Original Soundtrack by Andrew Gonzales. VIACOM Project Mentors: Miriam Luciow and Gigi Gomez.
Watch “Dine & Dash” on Nickelodeon Latin America in Spanish and in Portuguese
Graduating Class of 2017:
Sebastian Aragon, Cristopher Antonio Argueta, Fernando Antonio Ayuso, Laquisha B. Campos, Daneris Marie Delgado, Ivan Delgado, Jonathan P Fernandez, Hanzel Levi Lepe, Kristen Molina, Kevin Quinones, Sofia E Raffo, Jason A Rivera, Ashley Marie Saludes, Ieon Mellasor Skepple, William Tang
MAGIC Faculty & Staff:
Mauricio Ferraza – MAGIC Chairperson, Philip Ferretti – Lab Manager, Mylinda Auguste – Academic Advisor, Martin Mittner – FT Faculty, Gema Naredo – Adjunct Faculty, Daniel Coes – Adjunct Faculty, Erwin Santa Cruz – Adjunct Facult,y Romain Fournie – Adjunct Faculty, Hung-Chum Kao – Adjunct Faculty, Rame Rampson – Adjunct Faculty, Alex Roque – Adjunct Faculty, Mark Simpson – Adjunct Faculty, Alexis Centeno – Academic Tutor, Rodolfo Baez – Academic Tutor, John Stilien – Academic Tutor
Special Thanks to:
Dr. Eduardo Padron, Dr. Richard Soria, Dr. Jose Vicente, Cristina Mateo, Diana Bien Aime, MDC Foundation, Drew Tolman, Miriam Luciow, Gigi Gomez, Juan ‘JC’ Acosta, Tatiana Rodriquez, Karen Lafargue, Niccolo Totaro, Daniel Andai, Susan Epstein, Joanna Yarrrow and the New World School of the Arts students who composed and recorded live soundtracks for all three films.