Tom Jantol wins major award

Congratulations to Tom Jantol! I hear he is set to appear at the glittering awards-ceremony of the “I’ve Seen Films” festival in Italy. It’s run by Rutger Hauer. Members of the Jury this year include Ridley Scott, and Paul Verhoeven, among other major names.


8 thoughts on “Tom Jantol wins major award

  1. Thanks. Sure will. I won the second prize, 3 years ago, with my “Wizard of OS” movie, and it was great. When Rutger give you award, and Ridley Scott tells you that you are very skilled director, it really is something. I must kiss Mrs Rampling — she is one of the most beautiful female creatures with two legs, on the planet, of all time. Ever. 🙂

  2. Thank you very much, my friends, but found that I did not win the first prize.

    I won “Special Acknowledgement” for my movie. Because there was only the First Prize and a “Special Acknowledgement” prize, I could call it the Second Prize. The organizer mislead me a bit in inviting me to the festival, because he asked me ‘will I come to pick up an award’, and I knew they will only be First Prize awards, so I thought ‘I win’.

    But, never mind. To get my movie in a major festival with these kind of names attending was quite something, and to get acknowledgement from Ridley Scott was more than something.

    Far more interesting to see was what jury, organisers, authors or viewers thought about our beloved kind of animation, Machinima, in comparison to traditional, hand made or CGI kinds. It always makes me smile with enormous joy to see that nobody knows nothing about Machinima. They don’t recognise Machinima as a special brand or form of animation, because they don’t care — the only thing they care about is how good movie is.

    And in my book, this is the best thing that could happen to Machinima. To blend in. To die. 🙂

    Never mind if you are on head of a 100-person studio, or have a 200 PC rendering farm for your movie, or of it made in Notepad or Maya or iClone or sand. Just give the people a couple minutes of quality.

    There were animated movies in the festival that took years to make, big studios movies — side by side by movies like mine, made on an average home PC, in garages or on trains or planes, with no budget, made with nothing but love for animation.

    So, the conclusion is: we, the real-time animators, are as good as our movies, not as our tools. Nobody cares now how we produce, just what feeling they will get from our moving pictures. We can be compared with, or win over, the Pixars of the world, if we want or dare.

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