Borderlands animated short in production through 2K Games student scheme

By Dave Cook
19 March 2013 12:22 GMT

Borderlands will be turned into an animated short film as part of a collaboration between 2K Games, Gearbox Software and students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

The scheme is called the Borderlands Cooperative, and it will see student teams pitching ideas for animated shorts set in the game’s universe. The winning pitch will get full support from 2K Games and Gearbox Software in providing the resources needed to make the final short.

IGN was handed a 2K statement that read, “During the spring semester, teams of students will create original short stories that take place inside the Borderlands universe. Any student, regardless of their discipline, can form a team and submit an original storyboard for consideration.

“A panel of Academy of Art University, 2K and Gearbox judges will select one story to become part of the Borderlands mythos, and the team behind that story will have the opportunity to interview for the internship.”

Speaking with IGN, 2K’s senior vice president of marketing Sarah Anderson added, “This partnership is a natural fit for 2K, Gearbox and the Academy of Art University. The Academy’s mission is to prepare students for 21st century careers by providing real world experiences, and that’s exactly what the Borderlands Cooperative is all about.”

Anderson stressed that the winning interns wouldn’t just be sitting around twiddling funds and making coffee, but that they’d be actively involved in the day-to-day work around the publisher’s studios.

What do you make of the above initiative? What form would you like the film to take? Let us know below.

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