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Watch: Ty Coyle’s ‘Baxter’ – SCAD Short and Student Academy Award Nominee

40 student artists craft film about a raccoon, a candy shop and an impulse that just can’t be denied.

SCAD student Ty Coyle’s senior film Baxter, nominated last year for a Student Academy Award, is now available online. A collaborative student artist effort, Baxter tells the story of a raccoon who can’t pass a candy shop by without letting his compulsive nature get the best of him.

As Ty explained, "This film came together with the help of over 40 student artists. As students, we all learned a great deal from each other about film making, time management, and collaboration. From start to finish it took us approximately one full year to make. The programs we used to make the film included Autodesk Maya for animation and rendering, Nuke for compositing, Photoshop for painted textures, Blender for modeling Baxter, and After Effects for small effects found throughout the film.  We were all excited with how this film came together because we were all learning, growing, and having fun during its production. I think every so often, we all might have a little 'Baxter' inside of us."

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.