Captain 3D Presents... Vinyl News!

Pump-Action VHS Video also available back then - (Running time 53 mins)
See the sales page for details.

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January 13, 2001

PocketMovies.com - Pump-Action online screening

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January 10, 2001

Mothership.com - Pump-Action online screening

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December 5, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Brussels Cartoon and Animation Film Festival

"we are pleased to tell you that the film "Pump-Action" directed by Phil Captain 3D McNally is selected for the 20th edition of the Brussels Cartoon and Animated Films Festival."
– Philippe Moins - Doris Cleven

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Novenber 26, 2000

Magazine Front Cover - Digital Designer Brazil

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Novenber 19, 2000

Pump Action to Premieres on the SciFi Channel - Exposure

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Novenber 1, 2000

Winner Third Place Award - Toronto Digital Image Festival

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"Congratulations to the artists and guests of the sixth annual Toronto Digital Image Festival. People's Choice Awards: 3rd prize non-commissioned animation: Pump Action, Phil McNally Winner of Adobe Premiere 5.1 from Adobe Systems, Inc. "
– Rick Dolishny - Director of the Toronto Digital Image Festival

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November 1, 2000

Apple.com - Pump-Action Animation - Creative web article

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"Pump-Action Animation. Inspired by Toy Story and Bug's Life, Phil Captain 3D McNally created Pump-Action, a four-minute animated short which won first prize for best comedy/parody at the 2000 Shockwave World Internet Animation Competition"
– Brad Cook - Apple.com

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October 20, 2000

Designfreak.com - Captain 3D's Guide to Film Festival Success (online article)

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"Thinking about entering that video or animation you just finished into a contest or film festival? Take a bit of advice from a master of self-promotion, and find out what techniques he used to create and distribute his award-winning animation, "Pump-Action."
– Chris Tome - Designfreak.com

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October 7, 2000

Winner - Media Masters 2000

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"Congratulations! You swept the category, against "Bowlin' For Souls" and an industrial film at Media Masters. You have won some productivity software, and a trophy. Paul Babb accepted the award on your behalf, and even gave us an interview about how you had used Cinema 4D to create the piece."
– Barron Blackman

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September 28, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - 3D Festival

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"Congratulations! You are one of the 5 nominees in the "Best animated short" Awards category of this years 3D Festival."
– Sofia Saile - Conference Manager

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September 22, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Ohio Independent Film Festival & Market

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"Congratulations! We've accepted your film PUMP-ACTION into our 2000 Ohio Independent Film Festival & Market in Cleveland, Ohio USA and concurrent on-line festival with ALWAYSi."
– Annetta Marion - Co-Director

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September 21, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Raindance

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"I am delighted to tell you that your film, Pump-Action, has been accepted to the Raindance Film Festival screening in a shorts programme titled Eat my Shorts on Saturday 14th October 2000."
– Elliot Grove - Festival Director

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September 14, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Ajijic Festival Internacional de Cine

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"This is to inform you that we have selected your animation Pump-Action for showing at this year's Ajijic Festival de Internacional cine ."
– Robin Lawrason - Festival Program Coordinator

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September 13, 2000

Computer Arts Live - Captain 3D talks about Pump-Action

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The main Computer Arts stage is home to all our guest speakers and will be the focus of the three days.

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September 12, 2000

25,000th down load from iFilm

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"Pump-Action breaks the 25,000 download barrier at iFilm - The place for internet film."

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September 12, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Long Beach International film festival

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"Congratulations! Your film has been selected for inclusion in the Long Beach International Film Festival."
– Tim Swanson - LBIFF

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August 10, 2000

Planet 3D Art - Interview with Phil "Captain 3D" McNally (online article)

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"I thought that you may be interested in reading an interview that I did with Phil "Captain 3D" McNally - the man responsible for the award-winning short film "Pump Action". A lot of very interesting comments."
– Leonard Teo - Planet3dart.com

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September 9, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - LA International Short Film Festival

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"Congratulations! Your film, "Pump-Action", has been accepted into the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival scheduled for October 5 - 8, 2000!"
– Robert Arentz - Festival Director

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Sept 7, 2000

Magazine Article - IT Graphics

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"I was in the newsagents today and picked up a copy of IT Graphics and saw your stuff on two full colour pages in the middle. That is all the way out in Australia. How cool is that?"
– Nick O'Keefe

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September 6, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Media Masters 2000

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"Congratulations, your film, "Pump Action", has been selected as a finalist on this year's Media Masters contest here at DV Magazine."
– Barron Blackman

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September 1, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - AFI FEST 2000

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"Thank you for submitting your short film Pump-Action to AFI FEST 2000. I am pleased to tell you that our programming commitee loved the film and we are honoured to formally invite it to screen at AFI FEST 2000."
– Jennifer O'Neal - Programming coordinator

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August 30, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Interfilm 2000

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"Dear Phil Mc Nally, we enjoyed your film "Pump - Action"! It will be shown at the International Short Film Festival Berlin betweenĘ the7th and 12th of November."
– Matthias Groll - Interfilm 2000

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August 29, 2000

Job Offer Accepted - Signing the contract

"I decided to let you all share the moment. Hope you can read the letterhead."
– Captain 3D

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August 28, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Kudzu Film Festival

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"Just wanted to let you know that "Pump-Action" has been selected for competition at Kudzu 2000 in Athens, GA. USA."
– Todd Campbell - Director, Kudzu Film Festival

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August 24, 2000

Job Offer Accepted - Details to follow

"After 18 months of extremely hard work I can hardly believe this day has come. As soon as I have signed a contract I will tell you all about it. Thanks to everyone who has supported my film."
– Captain 3D

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August 22, 2000

Best of the Fest - Edinburgh International Film Festival

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"Best of the Fest is a showcase for the most popular and critically successful films that have screened in the Festival. We would very much like to include Pump-Action in this prestigious programme."
– Hope Dickson Leach - Screenings Coordinator

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August 20, 2000

Winner - Canadian International Annual Film & Video Festival
Winner - Best Amateur Animation
Winner - Best Use of Sound/Music

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"The judging of our 31st Film/Video competition has been completed and it is my pleasure to inform you of the awards for your entry Pump-Action."
– Ben V.W Andrews HonFSCCA - Festival Director

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August 18, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Euro Underground Film Festival

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"Euro Underground would like to congratulate you on being selected for the 4th Annual Euro Underground Film Festival."
– Mark Siska

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August 17, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Objectif Image St-Gely

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"Nous avons visionnŽ votre film Pump-Action. Votre film Pump-Action a retenu l'attention du comite de sŽlection du XV me festival International du Court-Metrage Saint GŽly du Fesc. Il sera presente lors du Festival.."
– Jean Pierre MAS - Le Président

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August 15, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - B-Movie Theater Film Fest 2000

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"Congratulations. Your film 'Pump-Action' has been selected for the B-Movie Theater Film Fest 2000 Animated Short section."
– Ron Bonk - Festival Director

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August 14, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - FAN 2000

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"Congratulations. Your film 'Pump-Action' has been selected for the 'Best National Animation' catagory of the FAN 2000 International Short Film & Animation Competition."
– Rose Hanna - Festival Director

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August 14, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - EMAF 2000

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"Congratulations. Your film 'Pump-Action' has been selected for the Edinburgh Multimedia and Animation Festival."

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August 13, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Empire State Film Festival 2000

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"Congratulations on your acceptance into the Empire State Film Festival 2000. The screening committee is proud to include PUMP ACTION in this years event."
– Jon Galt -Festival Director

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August 12, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - King Nobel

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"Congratulations. Your film 'Pump-Action' has been selected for the First International FilmVideoFestival KING NOBEL."
– Bernard Benoot -Festival Director

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August 6, 2000

TV Broadcast - NHK Japan

"NHK needs your permission to use "Pump-Action." They already have your work in DVD from SIGGRAPH. They won't broadcast entire piece - only about 15 seconds as a part of montage with other people's works to introduce this year's SIGGRAPH."
– Asako Nagakura - NHK

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August 5, 2000

Designfreak.com - Living with Balloon Boy (online article)

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"Phil McNally created a wonderful 3D animation featuring a balloon boy who gets into a rough situation. Follow along as he explains how he brought bubble boy to life using Cinema 4D XL from Maxon."
– Chris Tome - Designfreak.com

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August 4, 2000

Scour.com feature complete

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"Pump Action just came off the featured section.ĘDuring its run from 7/6/00-8/1/00 "Pump Action" received 8,740 downloads."
– John Nugent - film/video web producer

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July 30, 2000

Winner Third Place Award – Amima Mundi 2000

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July 27, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - ALWAYSi Film Festival 2000

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"Congratulations! We truly enjoyed your film "Pump Action" and have selected it as a participant in our ALWAYSi Film Festival 2000. Winners will be announced Sept. 16, 2000. Best of luck."
– Mat Baker - Content Acquisitions

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July 25, 2000

Magazine Article - Animation - Siggraph Special

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"Each year at Siggraph, I find myself plagued with the idea that I wont be able to spread myself thin enough to see everything I want to. As a result I am doing some of the leg work for you so that you can identify the highlights of the show before you even get there."
Đ Kellie-Bea Cooper

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July 25, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Ottawa00 Panorama

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"Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that you have a film which has been selected for the Panorama Screenings at OIAF 00, our largest festival to date."
– Chris Robinson - Executive Director Ottawa International Animation Festival.

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July 25, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Matita Film Festival 2000

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"This is to let you know that your film PUMP-ACTION has been officially chosen for screening in the competitive section of the Matita Film Festival 2000, which will be held in Guardiagrele next September (from the 21st to 24th). We are really glad that your film is part of our program."
– Camillo D'Alessandro - Art Director

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July 21, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Derivo Toons 2000

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July 21, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Rhode Island International Film Festival

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"Congratulations! It is our pleasure to inform you that Pump-Action has been selected by our judges for exhibition during the fourth annual Providence /Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), August 9-13, 2000."
– George T. Marshall - Executive Director

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July 20, 2000

Daliy Variety features Pump -Action

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July 19, 2000

iFilm No.1 – Pump -Action becomes most viewed animation of the week.

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July 17, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Streaming Cinema

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"I would like to invite you to submit your film, "Pump-Action" for participation in "Streaming Cinema", the first festival of made for the Internet film and animation."
– John Serpentelli - Program Curator

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July 15, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Fantastisk Film Festival

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"I'm pleased to inform you that your film Pump-Action has been among the few short films selected to participate in this years Fantastisk Film Festival"
– Anders Banke

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July 10, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Crested Butte Reel Fest

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"Congratulations! We are very pleased to inform you that your animation entry Pump-Action was selected as a finalist in the Crested Butte Reel Fest."
– Jessica Hunt and Barbara Van Hanken, Co-Directors

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July 9, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Palm Springs International Short Film Festival

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"Congratulations, your film has been selected for public screening at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival that runs August 1 through 7, 2000."
– Jennifer Stark, Director of Programming

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July 8, 2000

Featured Animator - Toronto Digital Image Festival

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"It's About the Artists"
– Rick Dolishny, Director of the Toronto Digital Image Festival

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July 7, 2000

ANIMATION WORLD NETWORK - HEADLINE NEWS

THE AWN SPOTLIGHT
"Pump Action" In this shockingly realistic-looking reel, Mean Mr. Vinyl-Man persecutes small latex critters. Unfortunately for them, bursting their bubbles is his favorite sport."

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July 7, 2000

iFilm Pro - Phil Captain 3D McNally - Film Maker to Watch

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"Catch his new film, Pump-Action. Blow it up. Tie it up. Beat it up. Animation with attitude."

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July 6, 2000

Hotwired Animation Express Featured Animator

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"In this award-reaping techno-marvel, benign Balloon Boy hides from vicious Vic Vinyl to escape puncture. 3.5 MB to 13.5 MB, QuickTime."

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June 29, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Edinburgh International Film Festival

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"We pleased to inform you that we would very much like to screen Pump-Action as part of this year's selection of short movies at the Edinburgh International Film Festival."
– Hope Dickson Leach, Screenings Co-ordinator

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June 26, 2000

Pump-Action chosen for 'Best of VEAF 2000' video

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"We are now putting together the "Best of" VEAF 2000 compilation video and would love for your film to be part of this compilation"
– Curtis Randall, VEAF Director

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June 23, 2000

Animation Magazine Article - Will Pump-Action make it?

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"The editor has the article now, so look for it in the July issue of Animation Magazine".
– Kellie-Bea Cooper

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June 22, 2000

Magazine article • Digital Production

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"Pump-Action ist eine dreieinhalb minuten lange Character-Animation. Sie wurde im Alleingang vom englischen Animator Phil McNally erstellt. Die Produktion dieses Projektes dauerte etwa 14 Monate und wurde auf Apple PowerMacintosh G3 mit Cinema 4D XL durchgeführt."

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June 20, 2000

Overall Winner – Vancouver Effects Animation Festival - Peoples Choice Award

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"The peoples choice is decided upon by popularity and response from the general public and yes the decision is based on the complete choice of films locally and internationally within the effects and animation festival."
– Curtis Randall, VEAF Director

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June 20, 2000

Adobe Featured Artist

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"Phil Captain 3D McNally is sweeping the boards at animation festivals worldwide with his short film Pump-Action."
– Karen Charlesworth

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June 19, 2000

Magazine Article – Pump-Action featured in Digital Production Magazine (Germany).

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June 16, 2000

iFilm of the Day – Pump -Action

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"Congratulations on making such an exceptional film! We are very excited about highlighting PUMP-ACTION on our Home Page."
– Jon Fitzgerald, VP Programming IFILM

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June 9, 2000

2nd Place Winner – Professional Animated Film

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"BIG CONGRATS!! The audience screamed after seeing PA -they really loved it."
– Dirk Beichert - Maxon

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June 8, 2000

CINEstar - Captain3D becomes a Maxon Computer CINEstar

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"Go to the Gallery and take a look"
– Paul Babb - Maxon Computer

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June 8, 2000

Film Festival Finalist - Toronto Digital Image Festival

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"I'm the Director of the Toronto Digital Image Festival, held this year October 25-26, 2000. I was introduced to your film "Pump Action" earlier this week and if you are interested, I am pleased to offer you a screening at the Toronto show!"
– Rick Dolishny - Director of the Toronto Digital Image Festival

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June 6, 2000

Winner – World Internet Animation Competition - Best Comedy/Parody

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"Hey Captain! Congratulations on winning First Place in Category 6, Best Comedy/Parody. You should know that this was our biggest category overall so you really made an impression."
– Heather Clisby - Shockwave.com Public Relations.

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June 5, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – Santa Monica Film Festival & Moxie!

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"Hey Captain3d, We want to show your film for the Series and Awards.
Let me know. Take care. GREAT FLICK!"
– Albert de Quay - Director

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June 1, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – Animago 2000

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"many thanks for entering your work for this years Animago award. Your entry has been nominated by the jury. The fastest way to know if you are really among the winners of the contest is to come to the animago-award ceremony itself."

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May 31, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – World Internet Animation Competition

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"Congratulations. You are through to the final of the World Internet Animation Competition choosen from over 600 entries."
– Heather Clisby - Shockwave.com Public Relations.

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May 30, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – Flanders International Film Festival

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"We are honoured to invite you to enter the film in the programme of the forthcoming Flanders International Film Festival (October 10th - 21st 2000)"
– WIM DE WITTE - Programme Executive

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May 30, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – Amima Mundi 2000 - VIII International Animation Festival of Brazil

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"Congratulations. We are very pleased to tell you that your film 'Pump-Action' has been selected to participate in Anima Mundi 2000, to take place in Rio de Janeiro, from July 14 - 23rd and in Sãe Paulo from July 26 - 30th"

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May 26, 2000

Live Screening of Pump-Action - 7.00 pm - Darklight 2000 - Dublin - Ireland

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See it on the big screen in at Darklight Digital Film Festival's 'Motion' presentaition.

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May 24, 2000

Winner – First Place - Computer Animation
American Digital Arts Festival

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"You were one of the hits of the festival. Pump Action made the newspaper here twice. I will send you the article along with the prize."
Anthony Miller - AMERICAN DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL

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May 23, 2000

Winner – Grand Prix Award
10th International Independent Short Film Festival SMOFI 2000

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"I am honoured to inform you that you are the winner and that your film Pump-Action won the Grand Prix (overall prize) at SMOFI 2000."

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May 22, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – The 6th Anuual Golden Shower Video Festival

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"Congratulations. We had the judging this past weekend and your film Pump-Action is in the festival - June 16 & 17, 2000."

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May 10, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – 10th International Independent Short Film Festival SMOFI 2000

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May 10, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – 2000 Bradford Animation Festival - BAF!

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"Congratulations! You are one of four animations to be shortlisted for 2000 Bradford animation festival also your animation has been selected to preview during the general monthly programme to promote the Awards."

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May 6, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – American Digital Arts Festival

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"I am pleased to announce that "Pump Action" has been accepted into the American Digital Arts Festival. It will be shown Saturday afternoon and again on Saturday night, May 20 in the main theater at the Henegar Center in Melbourne, Florida. This theater seats 500 people.."

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May 5, 2000

Magazine Front Cover & Article – Computer Arts 3D Special 09
The self-styled Captain 3D explains how he created his amazing Pump-Action animation

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May 4, 2000

Magazine Front Cover - 3D Advanced Graphics and Animation

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May 4, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – Vancouver Effects Animation Festival

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"You are on the short list and we would love to screen your film."

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May 4, 2000

Live Screening of Pump-Action.
6.00 pm- University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA USA.

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See it on the big screen in at the Computer Animation Film Festival CA'00.
Wish I could be there.

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Apr 27, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – BBC British Short Film Festival

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"I am delighted to inform you that your film 'Pump-Action' has been selected for the BBC British Short film Festival. The Festival will take place between the 21-28 September at the UCI Empire Cinema in london's Leicester Square."

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Apr 24, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – Darklight 2000

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"Thank you for your submission to the Darklight Digital Film Festival we would like to include your piece as part of the multimedia event on Saturday 28th, Future Shadow."

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Apr 18, 2000

SIGGRAPH 2000 Video Review participant

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"Congratulations! Your submission 'Pump-Action' has been selected for inclusion in this year's SIGGRAPH Video Review. We are excited to be able to include your work in this prestigious SIGGRAPH video publication."

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Apr 13, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – CA'00

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"We are pleased to inform you that your film "Pump-Action" has been selected for Computer Animation Film Festival CA'00."

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Apr 12, 2000

SIGGRAPH 2000 – Electronic Theatre program participant

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"Congratulations! Your submission has been selected for inclusion in the SIGGRAPH 2000 Electronic Theatre program. We received an incredible, record breaking number of entries (well over 620) and selecting only a few pieces from such a large body of interesting and excellent work was exceptionally difficult. We are very pleased to include your work in this extraordinary collection and thank you for your submission. Your entry is one of only 39 pieces selected for the Electronic Theatre."

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Apr 11, 2000

Magazine Front Cover & Article – Content Creation Europe
"Pump it Up" behind the scenes with Captain 3D in Issue 4 - March/April.

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Apr 7, 2000


Film Festival Finalist -Entertainment Tonight - Hollywood Film Festival Online


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Vote for Pump-action in Round 3 of the competitiion

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Apr 6, 2000

Live Screening of Pump-Action tonight and over the next few days.

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See it on the big screen in at the California SUN International Animation Festival.
Wish I could be there.

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Mar 25, 2000

3D Book Front Cover – Inleiding tot 3D in de Praktijk
Rogier Mostert's book out later this year will feature Pump-Action in its animation section and on the cover. More information (in Dutch) about Rogier's work can be found at http://www.mostert.org/boeken.html

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Mar 21, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – California SUN International

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"Congratulations! The animation you have submitted to the 2000 California SUN International Animation Festival has been selected for screening during the official Festival program, April 6-9."

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Mar 18, 2000

Computer Arts magazine – Pump-Action makes the news.
See the half-page article in April's Issue 43, pg14.

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Mar 07, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – Arizona State University

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"Pump Action has been selected by the jury as part of the Fourth Annual Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival that will take place on the Museum's outdoor back plaza Saturday, April 29, starting at 8:00pm. The jury process included 362 entries from 34 US states and 27 nations. The jury has selected 22 works that will be screened."

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Mar 06, 2000

Film Festival Finalist – Big Kahuna

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"Congratulations! Your entry, Pump-Action, has been nominated as one of the finalists in the Big Kahuna Contest in the Character category. The winner will be announced at the 3D Conference and Expo May 7-11 2000."

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Feb 25, 2000

New York Première at NYC4D – Nice Ltd.
The inaugural meeting of New York's C4D user group played host to the American Première of Pump-Action.

"If anyone has not seen his full work I strongly urge you to get it. Totally f***ing awesome! BTW the lovely Deepa deserves a gold medal for dealing with an obviously disturbed individual, that's my wife's opinion anyway."
– Paul Vastola, MD

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Feb 23, 2000

CG-Character List Première
"I'd have to say this is one of the best things ever sent to the list. Congrats."
– Rick May, list admistrator

The CG-CHAR mailing list was started in early 1996 to provide those interested in 3D computer character animation a place to share information.

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Feb 17, 2000

London Première at Underwood Street Gallery
Pump-Action's first audience get to see it at its very best via digital projection.

"Well what can I say? I knew it was going to be good but it completely went off the scale." – Ashley Hall, MA(RCA)

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Feb 04, 2000

• Pump-Action finally completed after 14 months in production
• Captain 3D's birthday
• Toy Story 2 opens in London
• 4th Feb declared a good day

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