Honouring young creative minds worldwide, The Rookies “was created to discover and showcase the outstanding talent emerging from higher education facilities and help launch graduates into careers at the world’s top studios”.
Established in 2009, The Rookies have “created 74 paid internships and over $900,000US in prizes has been given away”. Featuring categories for Architecture, Industrial Design, Robotics, Motion Graphics, Illustration, Graphic Design, Photography, Film Making, Next-Gen Gaming, Virtual Reality, Web, Mobile, VFX and Animation, this year’s awards attracted over 2,000 entries.
Supported by forty-two leading creative, design, film and technology companies including Lenovo, Vimeo, Dreamworks, and Wacom, The Rookies 2016 will award winners and runners-up a stellar bounty of production prizes, together with internships, press, and networking opportunities.
A member of the international jury, which features Joe Letteri [4x Oscar-winner for Best Visual Effects for films including Avatar], Anna Cronin [Director of Content Rocket Digital, Google Square, Global Advisory Board Tech for Good], Gino Acevedo [Creative Art Director on Avatar, further works including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes], it was a pleasure to support the awards, and in doing so see an exciting array of works by some of the world’s best young creatives.
Several of the Architecture finalists explore nature-related themes in their works, notably Yan S. Dong of Suzhou in China, whose entry (above) speaks of a young woman conversant in the foremost progressive architectural narratives of the present and past, and whose artistry, ideas, and array of production skills leave no doubt that she’s a fast rising star on the creative horizon.
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Melissa Sterry, PhD, design scientist, systems theorist, futurologist, and serial founder inc. Bionic City®.
Asking the question "how would nature design a city" since 2010.
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