SM West Senior Wins Animation Awards

SM West Senior Wins Animation Awards
Shawnee Mission School District

Bianca Musselman, SM West senior, is an artist and an animator.

“I always liked drawing, but now I bring my drawings to life,” Musselman shared.

Musselman achieved recognition at the annual eMagine Media Festival. She placed second in Character Animation, third in Animated Story, and third in Music Video

She credits the Animation and Game Design Signature Program instructor, Bryan Johnson with giving her new animation powers. She especially appreciates his advice, knowledge, and encouragement.

Musselman thrived while learning from home during the pandemic, she shared. She learned and executed animation projects with technology support and instruction from Johnson. She also extended her knowledge with self-directed learning.

Musselman’s animated music video started when she didn’t want to appear in it. She developed her characters into puppets using popsicle sticks. Using a green screen, she took pictures and used editing software.

“It takes a lot of time, but seeing the completed project is worth it,” Musselman noted.

Musselman will graduate from Shawnee Mission with a robust portfolio of animation work and plans to pursue animation at Johnson County Community College. She hopes to one day animate for a studio.

“She deserves recognition especially the way she has persevered through this very challenging year.  It’s very difficult for students to keep their focus in the best of times,” Johnson shared.

This eMagine festival, is in its 16th year, and is the only one of its kind for high school students in the Midwest. The festival includes categories in Graphic Design, Web, Animation, and Video. The past several years there have been 250-400 entries from students in more than 22 participating schools.