The Skills Canada National Competition remains the only event of its kind in Canada. It is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country. Every year, the event brings together approximately 500 young people from all regions of Canada, along with their parents and teachers to compete in over 40 trade and technology areas.
On May 13-16, Sacred Heart High School students Anthony Fetsch and Brandon Parfitt competed at the 18th Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton, AB. The competition was held at the Expo Centre. The two boys were a team competing in the 3D Animation event. The Saints team advanced to the National competition after winning the gold medal at the Provincial competition on March 15-16 in Regina.
Anthony and Brandon were given the theme of “I am not going there” at the competition. Using that theme, they were to create a story board displaying that theme, create characters and produce a 3D animation video showcasing their talents. They had two days of competition to produce a high caliber video which was then judged by professional animators.
The Saints team chose to create a video where a person walks up to two doors and has to make a choice. The first option the person opens the door and he is getting sucked into outer space. The person pulls himself back and closes the door. He then proceeds to the second door, opens it and it is a beautiful meadow with the sun shining down and a butterfly gracefully crossing the person. He sees a flower, walks toward it and goes to pick it up as it quickly shrinks and closes up.
The humour behind the animation was that both doors were not a good place to go. Anthony and Brandon did an excellent job creating characters and making an animation. Although they did not medal at the competition, there video was definitely a contender against the other provincial teams.