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June 22, 2010

Medal for Multiply

SCA Student Wins Academy Award

SCA Division of Animation and Digital Arts (DADA) student Emily Henricks took home the Silver Medal in the Alternative category at the 2010 Student Academy Awards on June 12. Henricks’ film, Multiply, utilizes a minimal amount of cycling frames to create a dizzying array of motion.

Student Academy Award Winner Emily Henricks

All of the nominated student filmmakers were brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and events that culminated in the awards ceremony. Henricks spoke warmly of the pre-ceremony events:

“The highlights of the four days we spent together were meeting with members of the Writers Guild of America, American Society of Cinematographers, Directors Guild of America, and the board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” said Henricks. “Getting to speak with all of these leaders in their respective fields in the industry in such an intimate setting was so inspiring and encouraging.”

Henricks’ award, which was presented by Oscar-nominated animator and director Henry Selick, also comes with a $3,000 prize. The award ceremony, held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, featured appearances by Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner, director Penelope Spheeris and Academy president Tom Sherak.

“The ceremony was very glamorous!” said Henricks. “I was able to give a speech and actually say the words ‘I'd like to thank the Academy’, which is really fun to say. They made the entire experience special for all of us.”

Henricks also cited the importance of her time as an SCA student. “I'm really happy and lucky to be a part of the DADA program. Not only has it provided me with a valuable learning experience, but it also has provided me the opportunity to travel to film events worldwide like the Cannes Film Festival and Tokyo Anime Fair,” said Henricks. “The faculty and staff go above and beyond to help me and encourage me, whether it's meeting with me one on one outside of class or showing their support at the award ceremony.”

Other SCA alums who have won Student Academy Awards include Robert Zemeckis ‘73 and Gregg Helvey ‘09, who was nominated at the 2009 Academy Awards for his short film Kavi.