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Rookie Awards 2019 | Rookie of the Year

3D Motion Graphics Finalists

Motion graphics are a way to communicate with the viewer, and add depth to a story. Together with music and effective copy, they can give us a message. We use them to create ads, title sequences for movies, videos and to share information.

James Gardner


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

I understood my calling about 10 years ago while working backstage for Opera Houses in Europe. I dived into set design and painting murals. After a few years, I hit a wall with my creativity and realized i needed to go digital to fully visualize my imagination. This is were i discovered motion graphics.

Doug Alberts


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

I realized I wanted to work in the creative field at a young age. Something in it clicked for me and everything I made didn't feel like work. It was play. I remember watching the Nickelodeon bumpers that said, "Now Back to the Show." I admired how they had amazing animation and design. These bumpers made me ask how is that done? and how do I do that? Now, I have the amazing opportunity to do what I love every day. You can find me with a cup of fresh coffee and jamming out on some keyframes.


Malaysia | The One Academy

When the time I believe I can make an impact to the world. Everyone wants a legacy that outlasts their own lifespan. At most technology companies, design is only second to engineering in the ability to build things people use. And in my original field of study, multimedia design—designers were the real creators of the artifacts that represented and influenced human cultures throughout history.

Kyle Castro


Canada | Vancouver Film School

The idea of being able to combine my love for film, games, and animation into the world of motion graphics, gave me the realization that I was meant for this industry.

Marcelo Meneses


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

Ever since I started high school I knew there was something missing. Never having an arts program, I decided I would teach myself how to use adobe photoshop and after effects to express myself in some way I haven't before. I began making edits for friends and eventually started creating motion graphics work such as lyric videos and logo animations. Once SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) came to my high school, I realized I could make a living from doing what I love.

Daniel Whitaker


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I started my college career studying architecture but felt that something was missing. I would always attend huge electronic music festivals like Ultra, EDC, etc. and gaze up at the screens in awe. Eventually, I put two and two together and decided that I wanted to explore the field of animating and designing for a digital canvas. This moment occurred about two years ago, since then I have been focusing 100% of my time developing my skills and refining my craft.

Zeno Siew Chem Pheng


Singapore | 3dsense Media School

I enjoyed making crafts step by step since I was young. I like the satisfaction when I create something and I find art interesting because It touches our heart without touching us physically. I started to wonder why we could feel emotion when we look at different kinds of art. So that made me want to explore more about the creative media and design industry. I decided to work in the entertainment industry because it’s always evolving and interesting.

Tran Bich Phuong


Singapore | 3dsense Media School

Working in the media and entertainment industry is my goal since I was in secondary school. And I made my way into the industry. I grew up watching MTV and eventually working for MTV and that's where I started to immerse myself in such iconic, funky, creative artworks. I started to dig into motion graphic and found the perfect combination that captures me: visual elements that tell a story, bring emotions, by movements.

Jayson Z Hahn


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I have always been a rather goofy individual, and through this, I believe I developed a passion for exaggeration and telling stories-most of the time in order to get a laugh. I saw the creative media industry as a great way to combine my love for all things design and my natural ability to bs:)



since 12 years old

Robert William Burkart III


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I took classes in high school that taught us how to do adobe software, ever since then, I knew I wanted to go into the creative industry. I mistakenly took a motion design course last year and was quickly converted into a motion designer.

Diana Verba


United Kingdom | University of Hertfordshire

I have always been passionate about art. Since my early childhood I have been participating in numerous art exhibitions and contests. However, at University I started to apply my passion in 2D animation and one year ago I opened to myself the universe of 3D motion graphics.


United Kingdom | University of Southampton

Back in 2015 I went to a graphic design conference that inspired me to want to create, however, prior to this I already had background knowledge in photography. Because of this new insight into graphic design I then proceeded to enrol to the University of Southampton where I then discovered motion design. This passion for motion was unlocked after the first semester of being here and now I cannot see myself doing anything but motion.

Zac Miller


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

I first realized this when I was in high school and I started to develop a passion for film and graphic design through my YouTube channel. Eventually, I applied for a Career Center in high school and that led to me applying for RCAD which is where I am currently pursuing my true passion.

William August Woods


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I was very young when I started creating digital media. Over the past ten years a flip video camera, and Microsoft Movie Maker slowly turned into After Effects, C4D, and a Sony A7s. There was never really one point I realized I wanted to make creative media. It feels like something I've always just done as a result of constantly thinking, and attempting to navigate emotion.


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I first realized that I wanted to work in the creative media and entertainment industry back in senior year in high school.

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