School, but with a Ghoul: All Saints’ College student wins major animation prize at Australian Teachers of Media Awards


Best Senior Secondary Animation prize winner Rory Dalitz.

A shot from Rory Dalitz’s School, but with a Ghoul.

A shot from Rory Dalitz’s School, but with a Ghoul.
Best Senior Secondary Animation prize winner Rory Dalitz. A shot from Rory Dalitz’s School, but with a Ghoul. A shot from Rory Dalitz’s School, but with a Ghoul.

RORY Dalitz loves when his work generates a reaction but says he was shocked to receive feedback in the form of a national award.

The All Saints’ College student claimed the Best Senior Secondary Animation prize at the 2017 Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards for his animation School, but with a Ghoul.

The result was one place better than in 2016 when he was a finalist in the same category for Gourmet Grief.

“I was shocked and happy to see it win,” the 18-year-old said.

“I wasn’t sure it was what the judges might be looking for.

“It doesn’t have any narrative or story to it. It’s non-linear.”

His animation is an interesting take on educational settings – think walking to school, lines at the drink fountain and broken pencils – and considers the repetitive nature of the daily routine.

Incredibly, the East Fremantle resident admitted it was encouragement from his visual arts teacher Lucinda Crimson that convinced him to follow through with the animated short.

Ms Crimson said her student had a bright future ahead of him.

“Rory’s drawings and animations are of the highest calibre, both creatively and technically,” she said.

“His animations flirt with the weird and grotesque side of humanity but are relieved by his dark sense of humour and cleverly comedic timing.”

Dalitz is also in the running for a 2017 Bond University Film and Television Award for School, but with a Ghoul and The Hole Family.

‘BUFTA’ winners will be announced on November 25.

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