Students at Southern Adventist University made a 3d animated movie that is going viral online.
On the first day of its release, Rock in the Road was selected by the staff at Vimeo.com to be featured on the front page of the video-sharing website.
In the movie, people turn selfish and lazy because they have everything they ever wanted. The king, however, wants his people to change and care for one another, so he invents a test. This is the story of a young boy who makes a world of a difference by simply putting others first.
At first, the movie was only supposed to be three minutes long. However, the students and professors decided they wanted to tell a longer form story instead. The result is a beautiful 12-minute film with meaningful values.
I guess it's sort of like how Jesus told short stories (aka parables) as a way to teach an important lesson. These students are doing the same thing, but through moving cartoons and awesome visuals.
While working on the movie, students and professors realized they might have bitten off more than they could chew in just one school year. Several complications and technical challenges came up. Students who worked on the movie graduated and moved on with their lives.
New students came along and continued the project, working on it between other school homework and assignments. Rock in the Road took more than five years to make.
In just two days, the animated short has been viewed over 18,000 times and was featured on a few animation industry websites.
You can watch the full movie online right here. Enjoy!
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