Cartoon Caper Wins Top Award

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Wednesday, November 4 2009

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Cartoon caper wins top award

A cartoon featuring a love-struck cordial bottle has won first prize for a Berwick resident at the IT

Challenge Competition Awards last week. 

Debbie Nield, 37, who is about to complete a Certificate IV dual award in IT (Multimedia and

Websites) at Chisholm Institute Cranbourne, won the top award in the Flash Animated Narrative

category for ‘Colin the Cordial Bottle’. 

“I’m a primary school teacher and wanted to put together an animation that would appeal to young

children, to teach them about the environment,” Nield said. 

The two-minute cartoon is set in a family kitchen and centres on the friendship between Rita the

packet of crackers and Colin the cordial bottle. When Rita disappears to parts unknown, Colin gives

chase, eventually discovering Rita in a recycling bin. 

Design and graphics were kept simple so children could make their own versions of the characters

from empty containers, creating their own stories. 

“Environmental issues are a great subject for schools, so I was looking for a way to introduce it to

young children in an entertaining way,” Nield said, “Because I’m not a very good drawer, animation

was the ideal format!” 

Nield was one of six Chisholm Institute students to be honoured at the Awards. John Bell and

Hamid Jabbar won first place in the Database and 3D Maya/Max categories respectively. Brigitte

Wessel, Shane Boorer and Patrick Williams also shared in the awards. 

The IT Challenge Competition is a multiple category competition for High School and TAFE

students in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. The Competition Awards are sponsored by

Monash University and were presented at the International Digital Entertainment Festival, held at the

Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne last week. 

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