El Segundo, Calif. -
exclusive 3D channel n3D recently awarded its first-ever Excellence Award to Loyola Marymount University professor and filmmaker Vanessa Newell.
The filmmaking teacher received $25,000 here on July 20 as part of the top prize from the n3D Film Invitational presented by Panasonic. Newell presented a wacky horror/comedy 3D short titled "Hazelwood" that follows a genetically altered lab rat that is accidentally let out of its cage.
"Being part of the Invitational was an incredible learning opportunity," Newell said. "I'm looking forward to working more with this exciting technology."
Other 3D content creators honored at the event included writer, producer and director Levi Holiman, who was among six Hollywood filmmakers selected to showcase their 3D talents during the invitational.
Holiman won the 3D Technical Achievement Award and $5,000 from Technicolor for his 3D short "Nickel Ride," a family drama that follows two grandsons who must come to grips with the fact that their grandfather is dying, and are determined to give him one last adventure.
"Our ultimate goal going into this venture was to open the door to 3D to those who didn't have the resources to make films in this medium," said Chris Long, DirecTV Entertainment and Production senior VP. "We believe we achieved this goal and had a great experience working with and learning from each participant. DirecTV remains committed to the category and will continue investing in 3D to help increase consumer adoption around the world."
The featured filmmakers were selected out of a pool of talented individuals who presented an original, live action short film concept that followed this year's invitational theme of "Anything is Possible."
The judges included two-time Emmy Award-winning director and producer, Paris Barclay ("Sons of Anarchy," "NYPD Blue").
The selected filmmakers received 3D camera training and were loaned the latest 3D equipment from Panasonic, participated in Technicolor's 3D Master Class training, and received funding from DirecTV to create their 3D short films.
The winning film will premiere on DirecTV's n3D, powered by Panasonic, channel this fall.