White Plains, N.Y. - The monthly character animation competition, 11 Second Club, was formally launched on the Web this week. The Club is an acting-focused animation competition that provides animators with a framework in which to practice their craft. The 11 Second Clubâ€™s new sponsor is online character animation school AnimationMentor.com, which is furnishing contest winners with a special prize: a personal video critique by a studio animator.
Club members download an 11-second dialogue track at the beginning of each month and design an animation of equal length to the words. They post their works-in-progress on the siteâ€™s forum to receive support and feedback. Before the end of the month, members submit their final clips for ballot by their peers, who vote with a specially designed system that emphasizes written reviews, provides equal exposure to all entrees and encourages fair results. Winners receive a free audio-visual critique (eCritiqueÂ®) of their film from a working studio animator, provided by online animation school Animation Mentor.
Site administrator and Animation Mentor graduate Aja Bogdanoff, who co-founded the 11 Second Club with her husband, software developer Mark Bogdanoff, said, â€œWhen the 10 Second Club disappeared from the Net, it was a huge loss to the community. So, we reinvented the idea of a competition site and took it to the next level.â€
Aja Bogdanoff, who is also a freelance feature film animator, continued, â€œAnimation Mentor and the entire online animation community played an enormous role in helping me get to where I am today, and I am thrilled to be a part of, and give back to, the online tradition.â€
The 11 Second Club offers something to animators at all levels: beginners can test the waters, students can study what works and what doesnâ€™t and experienced animators can continue to hone their craft. To encourage feedback and active participation, the Club developed a customized QuickTime player that displays frame count numbers as well as the concept of Karmojo participation scores. During the Beta testâ€™s final phase, 71 animators from the U.S., India, China, Russia, Europe and more, submitted entrees and received more than 2,200 written comments.