As you may or may not know, Brock and I were busy creating a 3D music video project for Union Pacific’s “Great Big Rollin’ Railroad” competition in celebration of their 150th Anniversary. If you have not seen it before, you can view it here on brockoli.com.
I had the opportunity to design the characters and creatures, along with remaking the original song into something that would complement the animation. Brock did all the hard work of building 3D models from what I created and making them come to life. Well, I’m so happy to tell you that it was worth all those hours because WE WON! Thanks to family, friends and friends of friends who voted for us to win for the month of June. But thank you still for the support throughout the final judging day. Our work was presented to a panel of three celebrity judges: Trev Alberts, Nik Fackler and Mary Maxwell.
We were flown to Omaha, Nebraska where we stayed at the Magnolia Hotel. The next morning we were escorted by Union Pacific’s PR team along with the other two contestants. It was such a delight to finally meet Jarrod & Jaime Gollihare of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Myk Friedman from Dallas, Texas. They were very kind and cool people, all with their own unique artistic spirit. It was a pleasure to be in the company such individuals.
It has been a couple weeks now since we were selected as the winning team. Hard to grasp but we are so grateful for the prize money because it all goes to Brock’s education. Special thanks to Dad Boyts for texting us at 8 A.M. asking us if we wanted an opportunity to pay for our tuition. Thank you to both our parents on each side of Pacific. Thank you to the judges. Huge THANKS to our family and friends and acquaintances who rallied in support of us. Big HUGS!
This was a live stream photo taken from my sister-in-law’, Selena’s computer screen.
* Our Union Pacific commercial is scheduled to air on CNN Friday, 8/17 @ 4:17PM CT (that’s 5:17PM ET and 2:17PM PT)
Union Pacific’s Press Release.
See a replay of the live judging event here.