Monster fun at exclusive Goosebumps exhibition by UCSI and Sony Pictures Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: 16 miniature ‘monsters’ from Goosebumps – the popular horror literature franchise by R.L Stine – will amuse young shoppers at Sunway Pyramid from 6 October – 26 October 2015. The monsters were part of an exhibition by Sony Pictures Malaysia in collaboration with UCSI University’s De Institute of Creative Arts and Design (ICAD). 

16 ICAD students who are pursuing the 3D Animation Design programme were selected to construct 16 sculptures of the various monsters that were featured in the film. 

The Goosebumps Figurines Competition 2015 was held concurrently to select the top three artwork among the 16 and the results were announced at an exclusive movie premier on 12 October 2015 at TGV Chillax Lounge in Sunway Pyramid. 

The first prize winner was Chuar Yweng Zhi who constructed Jack O'Lantern, the humanoid killer pumpkin. She walked home with RM1,000 cash, a trophy, a painting from Los Angeles, and Goosebumps movie premiums. The first runner-up was Si Jie Ching who constructed Slappy, the old ventriloquist puppet who popped up in R.L. Stine's novels such as ‘Slappy's Nightmare’ and ‘Revenge of the Living Dummy’, to name a few. Jie Ching won RM800 cash, a trophy and Goosebumps movie premiums. 

The second runner-up was Ng Li Shin who constructed the Abominable Snowman, a mysterious creature that appeared in ‘The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena’ – the thirty-eighth book of the series. Li Shin walked home with RM500 cash, a trophy and Goosebumps movie premiums. 

The other participants did not walk home empty-handed. They were rewarded with consolation prizes consisting of a trophy and Goosebumps movie premiums. 

Commenting on the collaboration, Catherine Chai, Marketing Manager of Sony Pictures Malaysia said that it was part of Sony Pictures Malaysia’s efforts to encourage emerging artists to showcase their creative work outside the university and to support their artistic development. 

“We see much potential in the students and we are very happy to provide them with a significant platform to share their work especially since these monsters are a memorable part of many people’s childhood,” she said. 

Chai also added that the exhibition would give the students a great chance to receive feedback from the public about their artwork. 

This industry collaboration is something UCSI champions through its signature Praxis® approach and ICAD frequently seeks tie-ups with leading industry players to bring working knowledge into classrooms. Working with the professionals in the industry gives the students the opportunity to learn from the best as they mature to become higher-order professionals the industry needs. 

According to Prof Dato’ Dr Ahmad Haji Zainuddin, Director of ICAD, the exhibition is the Institute’s first collaboration with Sony Pictures Malaysia. 

“We are very privileged to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with Sony Pictures Malaysia for such a notable event. I hope that with the success of this exhibition, there will be more collaborations such as this to come.” 

Also present at the prize giving ceremony was Dato' Peter Ng, Founder and Chairman of UCSI Group 

After the prize giving ceremony, students of ICAD, invited UCSI staff and the members of the media enjoyed the premiere screening of the movie.

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