DC students and professors create animated Centre for Food video

Durham College (DC) recognized its creative faculty and students recently when the college celebrated the launch of a new animated video focused on the Centre for Food (CFF) and its implementation of the field-to-fork philosophy.

Taking place at the CFF, the event saw students, faculty and staff gather together to recognize the video project, which was created by third-year Animation – Digital Production students and led by Peter Hudecki and Ebin Ibric, professors with the School of Media, Art & Design (MAD).

“We are extremely proud of ‘From Field to Fork’ and the work of our senior animation students,” said Hudecki. “The film was developed at the request of President Don Lovisa and Greg Murphy, dean of the School of MAD, who asked our animation faculty to make the project a part of the 2013-2014 curriculum. We could not be more pleased with the result.”

The video, which demonstrates how the school is providing locally grown foods to consumers, is the result of a 10-month collaboration between students, staff, faculty and external partners. Featuring CFF ambassador chef Jamie Kennedy, who helped pioneer the field-to-fork concept nationwide and continues to support and foster both the CFF and the importance of farmers and chefs across Ontario, the video demonstrates the key elements of the concept, which include the harvesting, storage, processing, packing, sale and consumption of locally produced foods for local consumers.

“Being in a school environment, I never expected to be working on a real-world project,” said Heather Debling, a third-year Animation – Digital Production student. “I really felt a sense of professionalism in myself that I didn’t know I had. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”