Celebrating the 17th Anniversary of the SAE Awards, this annual event honours outstanding media productions and offers the chance for SAE students and alumni to showcase their incredible creative talent.
The submission deadline date is Monday 13 June at 6pm.
This year we are also proud to host our own local Creative Media Awards celebration event on 30th June. The winners from these awards will form the entries to the global SAE Awards.
Students can submit work in the following categories:
- Best Audio Project
- Best Content Creation Project
- Best Film & TV Project
- Best Game Art Project
- Best Games Programming Project
- Best Music & Media Business Project
- Best VFX & 3D Art Project
- Best Web & Tech Project
Alumni can submit work in the following categories:
- Best Audio Production
- Best Film & TV Production
- Best Game Production
- Best Music Production
- Best Start Up
- Best VFX & 3D Art Production
- Best Web & Tech Production
House of Rot
This piece is a soundtrack to accompany a section of scenes from the 1927 Sci-fi film, Metropolis, by Fritz Lang. Produced over the last year, we have created an imersive, responsive and kaleidoscopic piece of music which builds up through the climax scenes, reactive to the on-screen action in an abstract and contorted aesthetic which we thought captured the movements going on in both the subjective and objective segments unfolding within the play.
Within the project Jacob carried out the role of producer, working with an artist who was responsible for arranging and playing the piano and two other artists who worked with me to create the backing foley sound design. Jacob recorded and mixed all audio within the project, composing and arranging all the individual segments of piano / foley and track together as a whole.
The recording involved a number of setups in various studios which I organised and setup, the mixing stage blended with the arrangement of the whole piece, and the climatic beat section over the last scene is all my own original work, made to emulate the lost Teleharmonium sound.
Music video directed and performed by SAE audio student Rea Fortis. Rea wanted to create a musical soundscape with effects and foley reminiscent of a rainforest jungle and apply equally mesmerising visuals for a music video.
ORA is a wonderful short film by SAE film student Isaac Oj Nsereko. ORA is a spiritual film based on the nature of communication through spirits and dance, a group of Dancers are in an isolated location and have to articulate their way out without saying a single word. Isaac was the director of ORA, involved in lighting the scenes and all camera work for this project; due to the limited time, he edited the project with the help of Vala, a fellow student, who was the assistant Director on the project; Isaac also graded the final edit.
A remix of the track “Over me” by UK rapper Lancey Foux – fully produced by one of our incredibly talented SAE audio students, Bethel Neto.
Reclaim the Night
Reclaim the Night is a powerful short film from SAE film student Ruth Bayes. The short visual narrative film is about the fear of being a woman walking alone at night, and the empowerment of taking back the control by learning to fight back
Tide was a short film created for the cinematography module of Paul’s degree. It is a short narrative film considering the power of memory through the connections of sight and sound. It concentrates heavily on water and the colour blue throughout the story, using it as a vehicle to express the idea of a never-ending life cycle and hope.
For this project Paul was in charge of everything from start to finish. This included all pre production, cinematography, directing, producing and post production elements.
Back To The Roots
The Optimist is a short animated film about a young blind book-lover trying to a book that everybody else has. The girl is repeatedly ignored by the other civilians who have the book, and keeps missing her chance to get it for herself. This project was my submission in the AUD5100 module. Milo initially received the film with no sound whatsoever, and built it up from the ground, recording Foley sound effects, sourcing sounds and recording ambiences, then editing and mixing it all together. Milo also composed and recorded the score, which utilises leitmotifs as music cues for when the book is being referenced in the scene. Part of Milo’s research in this project was to find out more about how blind people can have a richer and more localised sense of hearing. Through this, Milo discovered part of the brain called the hMT+, a part of the brain significantly more active in blind people, and helps them to track objects using sound better than sighted people can. Because of this, Milo carefully utilised binaural panning and automation to create a more vivid soundscape, exaggerating the movement of certain sounds across the screen to mimic how they might be perceived by the blind protagonist of the film.
Burn It All Down
Short film inspired by the historical events of the Tulsa Massacre. This piece was written, cast, filmed, and edited by Andre with assistance from an external make-up artist and classmates.
Change of Heart
Dusk til Morn
A tough Mexican gangster goes to wrong bar and faces the unexpected. Ricky’s role was a Director/Prodcuer, they wrote the script, the Mood board, the Shot list, and as well as setting up the lighting and blocking the lights to create same atmosphere and texture as Dusk Till Dawn. Ricky cast the actors and dancers, he also researched the Mexican cultural dance seen in the film. Ricky chose the wardrobe and makeup for the film to bring the same look and feel and also did the voice over special effect for the vampire scream section.
Finding Del Piero
This film explores non-linear/linear filmmaking by the usage of an iPhone, when symmetry happens naturally and it is captured in a form of narrative.
After a girl’s father’s death, she finds a journal from her parents room
that leads to her questioning who her actual parents are.
Director, DoP, and Editor: Sandy Juanda
Sandy used BMPCC4K camera and natural lighting, some shot used tube light,
the editing was done using the Final Cut Pro app.
The location shooting was in Indonesia, Batam City
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Sound of Things
Del Piero hears what hase been forgotten to hear
He acknowledges unlike the most
He seeks for an answer through observation of reality
He plays the melody of souls.
What’s the music of the creator?
He asks the question to a tree (Maria) hoping for an answer.
Vala wrote, directed, shot and edited this project with their narration.
Approaching a deadline, a man’s stress, financial struggles and antisocial life manifest into a haunting demon.
As the director and the sole crew member, Millan’s aim was to incorporate German expressionism into modern-day film, he felt that a more neutral and desaturated colour palette would function better to ground the film in the present. However, Millan kept the lighting convention from the movement of only including one colour light and darkness, creating silhouette-like frames throughout the film. It served a pivotal role in my film as he aimed to create an air of mystery in every scene, which the harsh shadows did well. As stated earlier, the personification of metaphysical traits is a common convention in this movement which he grew fond of after watching “No Country For Old Men”. The Coen brothers used this common convention in their film as the character Anton Chigurh™ represents death. In my film, the protagonist doesn’t have a name as he represents all people going through an extremely stressful time. And the monster represents depression, sadness and stress. The pairing together shows people, as a whole, facing a mental barrier such as depression. Leading the surface-level message to say that we tend to lock up and suppress the barriers rather than overcome them. An instance where Millan used a rule to his advantage is when he broke the one hundred and eighty-degree rule. During the sequence where the protagonist rushes to complete his work, along with the quick cuts, Millan broke this rule multiple times to disorientate the viewer. This makes the scene more impactful as it creates a sense of ambiguity and a feeling of being all over the place, which is in line with the character’s mental state. Blocking was heavily used in the most important shot in the film. After the protagonist takes the pill, the monster is shown over his left shoulder and a clock over his right shoulder. In this film, the presence of time is a presentation of hope, as time if given enough, can quell stress and depression. However, it can also cause them, as shown with the use of deadlines. Therefore time can cause and kill stress much like how a key can lock and unlock a padlock. Relating back to the blocking in this shot, depression is shown over his left shoulder and hope for a better life is shown over his right. This is a plot device called the Angel Shoulder Effect, where an angel would be shown over one’s right shoulder and a demon over the left. After the monster disappears into the darkness, the protagonist walks off to his right-hand side, showing that he chooses to hope for a better life.
The Auditorium is a unique and different kind of short film that was inspired by a true-life story. It did not just highlight the physicality but rather the physiological trauma suffered by victims of rape. In the story a lady couldn’t come to terms with rape, she was raped by her boyfriend when she was 16. The trauma led her to anger, anxiety, depression and so on.
Emmanuel is the Director, Editor and the Cinematographer of the film. It was his responsibility to bring to life the creative vision of the story following through the process of pre-production to final edit. Emmanuel ensured everything that went into the film supports the vision such as the choice of lens and medium, lighting technique, color pallet and camera movement.
A short film about male suicides. Andy wrote, directed and shot the short film. He also did the final edit and sound design.
Senol Dervis’ fight journey.
New Hollywood wave short film.
A horror short film.
The Unexpected Visitor
German expressionism film inspired in its movement talking about death and a women facing her fears to it. It was an individual project so I did all by myself, dircting, writing the script, designing the set and operating the camera.
A short German Expressionism film with aspects of modern horror added in and with gothic over tones. The film was written and directed by me for part of module I was studying at the time, I wanted the look of the film to be old fashioned but with modern horror audio and sound effects.
Poetic piece question traditional masculinity and how it has a negative impact on the modern man.
The Road Trip
Animation using Team Fortress 2 characters and dialogue from Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura. Joseph did the all of the animation, modeled and textured the van, and compositing and editing in After Effects.
Werner 'The Exterminator' Brandt
The design, concept and final character is all Paris’ work. Base model in Maya, ZBrush for details and substance for textures. Rendered in Maya using Arnold render engine.
A multiplayer game where you play as a dual wielding capybara capable of double jumping and walking upright.
3D Head Sculpt FKA Twigs
This is head sculpt based on the singer FKA Twigs realised in the world of deus ex (video game). All work has been completed by myself. Base mesh in maya, sculpt in Zbrush, hair using Xgen. Rendered in Maya using Arnold render engine.
Daki 2D to 3D Character
In this project I converted a 2D anime character into a 3D model to be usable for animation. In this project, I completed all the presented work. In Maya blocking out the character, taking to Zbrush for sculpting. Retopoligising in Maya and then final texture work in Substance Painter. Rendered out in Maya using Arnold render engine.
I Have An Exam
Animation of a scene from Superbad the movie. Rigs and assets sourced. Animation has been done using maya and rendered using Arnold render engine, composited in after effects.
M.I.A is a fun, fast blast of a game with moments of downtime for strategic planning whilst trying to evade patrols of mysterious melancholic enemies, with a dark and mysterious atmosphere combined with a story subtly implemented to pique interest.
Nomad Sniper Qanaas
For this solo project, Wing Yin Au wanted to use this opportunity to challenge my 3D technical skillsets on multiple areas, such as modelling, texturing and rendering.
Wing Yin Au chose to use an existing concept art to strengthen my ability to model more complex elements (combination of organic and hard-surface assets) as well as to prepare themselves to work in the industry as a 3D modeller.
Overall, Wing Yin Au was able to enhance my understanding on using different 3D modelling (Maya, Zbrush, Marvelous Designer), texturing (3D Substance Painter) and compositing software (After Effects). As well as established a personalised working pipeline for creating complex assets. Although there were many trials and errors throughout this challenging journey, Wing Yin Au really enjoyed the project and hopes to use this experience to create even better and more refined work in the future.
A web tower defence game aimed at younger audiences with a cheery style and cartoon inspired gameplay.
Henry Tribble – Project Lead, Programmer, Artist
Christian Freeman – Lead Programmer
Marco Disumma – Lead Web designer, artist
George Petrakis – Programmer
Southbank Skate Park London
For this project, Luis fully modelled, textured and built this real world environment in Maya and Unreal engine. On location photographs taken of key graffiti art and use of a graffiti texture pack along with all of Luis’ modelling and world build in Unreal engine.
This is an Unreal Cinematic. Oskar developed the concept, modelled all the assets and textured them himself. Oskar was looking to do a simple scene, focused around a large, godlike weapon with similiar textures used on the remainder of the scene. Oskar modelled all the assets used in 3DS Max from scratch, textured them in Adobe Substance Sampler & Painter with assets he developed to then export them into the Unreal Engine 4. Within Unreal, Oskar had to arrange the scene, the lighting and animatics.
The character rigs have been sourced. The rest of the environment has been modelled and textured by Joseph. The scene has been built in Maya and rendered using Arnold render engine. All modelling and animation has been done by Joseph.
The global SAE Awards will take place on Thursday 20 October in Cologne, Germany.
Winners will receive an SAE Awards crystal trophy alongside honour and glory for yourselves and your campus! Entries that are submitted to the SAE Awards will receive an invite to the awards ceremony in Cologne.
If you have any questions around the awards or your submission please email your Alumni Chapter President, Alice Ameerally.