Entry is Finalist in Nickelodeon Animation Festival

November 16, 2009

MerrinPHILADELPHIA –- Jason Merrin, a freshman in the Digital Media Design program at Penn Engineering, has been chosen as a finalist in the 2009 Nickelodeon Animation Festival.

His experimental film, “The History of an Animation” takes the audience through the process of how an animator learns to animate, from doodles all the way through computer animation.  He made the movie by combining live footage with animation done in Adobe Flash, and features music by Eno Freedman Brodmann.

“I've always been interested in filmmaking and animation, which was why I joined the Digital Media Design program at Penn,” Merrin said.  “I found out about the contest through Amy Calhoun at the DMD, who encouraged me to enter.”

Merrin, a resident of New York City, created much of the 2:36 minute animated short a few years ago, but worked with Penn Design professor Ellen Reynolds after he got to campus this fall to prepare the film to the specifications needed for on-air and on-line play.

“Jason came to our lab for some help formatting the work to meet Nick's technical specifications,” Reynolds said.  “There is a lot of terminology and fine print about formats today, so we're happy to help sort out these types of issues.”

Merrin’s entry will be available for viewing online at www.nick.com/animation-festival/index.jhtml starting today, where people can cast their ballots for the “Viewers’ Choice Award.” 

The work is also scheduled to be screened on the Nicktoons Network around 4:37 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, as part of “Festival Week,” during which time viewers can vote for their favorite.  Voting is open through Nov. 29.  The short with the most votes wins $5,000.

To read more about the festival, please visit http://www.nick.com/animation-festival/index.jhtml.