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WOBURN, MA – October 24, 2007 — DreamLight® today
announced that DreamLight’s first 3D animated short film,
BlastOff!™ (available on Telebites.com)
has won a Silver W3 Award from the International Academy
of the Visual Arts’ W3 Awards competition
in the pioneering category of Web Video - Animation. Receiving
entries, The W3 Awards honors outstanding Websites, Web
Marketing, and Web Video
created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers,
and creators worldwide. Please
visit www.w3award.com for a complete
list of W3 Award Winners.
“We were incredibly impressed by the quality and creativity
of this year’s entries. W3 winners continue to raise
the bar in Web development and design, push the limits of web advertising
creative and pioneer the use of web video. We are thrilled to have
reviewed such a diverse and respected pool of work” said Linda
Day, the director of the IAVA. “On behalf of the entire Academy,
we applaud our winners as they continue to advance Internet creativity
and greatly contribute to the burgeoning online world.”
“We’re thrilled that BlastOff! has won a Silver
and we’re honored to even be mentioned along side such esteemed
fellow Silver W3 Award winners including Disney Channel
and Discovery.com,” said Michael Scaramozzino, BlastOff!’s
creator and DreamLight founder. “I
can’t think of a better
way to celebrate DreamLight’s twentieth anniversary this year
than with such a prestigious award.”
BlastOff! Rockets Through International Film Festivals Collecting Awards
In addition to being recognized with an Official Honoree distinction
by the Webby Awards earlier this year, BlastOff! has been chosen
as an Official Selection and screened at over a
dozen international film festivals. BlastOff! also received a Best
Animation Nomination from the Danville
International Children’s Film Festival and a Merit Award from its
initial screening at the inaugural 2D OR NOT 2D animation film
festival in Everett Washington with keynote speaker Roy E. Disney,
Director Emeritus of The Walt
Disney Company & nephew
of Walt Disney. The full list of BlastOff! awards and festival
screenings is posted at Telebites.com where
a QuickTime version of BlastOff! may be viewed online and the BlastOff!
Special Edition DVD may be ordered for only $24.95.
BlastOff! is a pilot for a 3D animated web series where
each night when a child goes to bed, his toy alien comes to life
and flies through various space adventures while the child sleeps in his
Bed. This 3-minute pilot webisode shows the BlastOff! Bed being
constructed and its maiden voyage.
“BlastOff! tells the story of how the worlds of reality and fantasy
easily blend together in the fertile imagination of a young child,” said
Michael Scaramozzino, BlastOff!’s creator and DreamLight founder. “What
better way to launch a child’s imagination than a custom designed
space shuttle bed?”
BlastOff! – A Family Friendly Film
BlastOff! begins at dawn with a child’s wishful drawing of a space
ship. During the day his father builds him a custom designed space
shuttle bed and fills his room with toys. As the sun sets, one
of the child’s
toys, a little green alien, comes to life and is excited to play
space ship pilot. As his imagination soon takes over completely,
the room fades away
and the shuttle bed blasts the little alien out into space for
a wild rocket ship ride through the rings of Saturn. The alien
finally comes crashing
back to reality as the child returns home to find his room is a
Inspired by the Original BlastOff! Bed as seen on HGTV
BlastOff! was inspired by a custom designed space shuttle bed that
Michael Scaramozzino built for his son MJ when MJ was
three and ready to graduate from his crib into a “big boy’s” bed.
The story behind the design and construction of the original BlastOff!
Bed™ is featured
on episode #HLWID-106 of HGTV’s show Look What I Did! which first
aired in December 2006 and airs again on Halloween night, Oct
31, 2007 at 5PM ET/PT. Check www.HGTV.com for
BlastOff! Special Edition DVD
The BlastOff! Special Edition DVD contains a DVD resolution version
of the film and includes behind the scenes content about the making
of the film, including director & animator
commentaries, production stills, animation tests and actual LightWave
3D files of props & sets
from the film. It also includes behind the scenes content about
the making of the real BlastOff! Bed, including construction video
and photos as well as a BlastOff! Bed Construction Guide which
plans that Michael Scaramozzino used to build the original
BlastOff! Bed. The BlastOff! Special Edition DVD is available immediately
and may be ordered online at DreamLight.com/blastoff for
only $24.95 plus shipping & handling.
BlastOff! Lifts DreamLight’s 3D Animation Capabilities to New
BlastOff! was originally conceived as an initial pilot project for DreamLight
to exercise and refine all the tools and skills necessary to produce
a 3D animated short film, from concept to completion, focusing
on many aspects of 3D character
animation. It was used to build an Apple Macintosh based LightWave
3D animation pipeline and in-house render farm at the DreamLight
studio in preparation
of creating a new series
of 3D animated shorts. We’re currently in the process of designing
a new main character for the BlastOff! series name 0090™ (NineOh™)
since the initial little green alien was a character we had originally
designed for an older project.
The progress of the series can be seen on the the Autiton
Archives™ Work-in-progress Web log.
DreamLight also uses
this new pipeline to produce a wide variety of 3D animation projects
for its commercial clients intended for various media such as CD-ROM,
DVD, the Web,
digital video, TV and film. Samples of DreamLight’s commercial client
3D projects including DreamLight’s current 3D Animation Demo Reel
may be viewed online at DreamLight.com/3d.
About DreamLight Interactive
Interactive is an award-winning interactive multimedia studio
built upon a solid foundation of computer science, digital design,
illustration and animation. Founded in April of 1987, DreamLight
has been pushing the cutting edge of digital media for the past twenty
About The W3 Awards:
The W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the Web, and recognizes the
marketing professionals behind award winning Websites, Web video
and online marketing programs.
W3 Awards is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of
the Visual Arts, an
invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from
a “Who's Who” of acclaimed
media, advertising, and marketing firms. Please visit www.iavisarts.org
for a full member
list and additional information. For more information about the W3
Awards, please visit www.w3award.com
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