Aug 18 / Alex

Balls by Mimi Leung

Balls from Mimi Leung on Vimeo.

Melbourne based Illustrator and Animator Mimi Leung has just released her wonderfully fun film- Balls. She explains on vimeo-

Inspired by the athleticism and sports-loving nature of Australians, I started thinking about the huge variety of ball-related games out there. I made a list of types of balls and set that list to music. I took this idea and developed an animated video for the song which focused on speed, fluidity and… balls!

Aug 3 / Paul Paul

Embroidered Zoetrope Animations by Elliot Schultz

Melbourne based Animator, Elliot Schultz created these hypnotising Zoetrope contraptions by mixing a turntable with delicate embroidery and strobe lights. The result is just amazing and has been gaining a lot of interest on the interweb. For a behind-the-scenes take a look here and read our questions below for Elliot.

 

OZ – How did the idea for the project come about?
ES- I came up with the idea after I was introduced to the work of animators Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker. They invented their own device called the Pinscreen which they used to animate their short films. What I love about their work was that they intentionally confined their process to the limitations of the Pinscreen, and their films are unique due to the techniques they had to devise along the way. There’s an excellent video released by the National Film Board of Canada (https://www.nfb.ca/film/pinscreen) which shows them demonstrating the machine to other animators.
The process invented by Alexeieff and Parker really appealed to me, so I decided to also confine myself to unconventional media to see what the resulting work would look like and whether it would inform my process. I decided to use machine embroidery as I already had experience with it and was aware of its many limitations including definition and colour. The tactility of embroidery led me to explore pre-cinema formats and devices such as the Zoetrope and Phenakistokope, and ultimately encouraged me to present the animation as an installation to allow viewers to watch and interact with the animation physically.
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Jun 30 / Paul Paul

ILOURA assists TED with his sequel


Australian animation and visual effects studio Iloura has animated Universal Pictures and MRC’s infamous talking teddy bear for TED 2. Completing more than 1,000 shots for the comedy, Iloura drew on the experience of working on 2012’s TED with Seth MacFarlane to help push Ted’s personality even further. Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of TED 2, the follow-up to the blockbuster that launched the career of the world’s most outrageous bear.  Joined once again by Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, the thunder buddies for life are entering into uncharted territory. It’s time to legalize Ted.

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Jun 15 / Alex

MIAF 2015 just around the corner.

It feels like we are at the height of festival season at the moment with Annecy just about to kick off and Sydney Film festival and Zagreb winding down. Adding to this season of plenty, Australia’s largest animation festival Melbourne International animation Festival approaches quickly (Opening June 21, 2015). There looks to be a lot of juiciness in the 40+ programs on offer.

This year’s line up includes a special selection from the legendary NFB, including Bus Stories (Tali, 2014), Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove, 2014), No Fish Where to Go (Nicola Lemay, Janice Nadeau, 2014). Also featured in the international program are some of my favourites from the festival circuit from the last year- World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, 2015), My Dad, (Marcus Armitage, 2014), Hipopotamy (Piotr Dumala, 2014) as well as many that I’m looking forward to seeing for the first time.

The festival will be opening on Sunday the 21st of June with its Australian Showcase screening. There are some swell looking new films in there- these are a selection that we’re especially looking forward to catching.

The Story of Percival Pilts, by Janette Goodey and John Lewis has been touring around the festival circuit since premièring at TIFF Kids in April.

The Story of Percival Pilts TEASER from Finickity Pictures on Vimeo.

Husk by Paul Howell-

Husk film trailer from Paul Howell on Vimeo.

Howell uses life size puppets to bring his ideas to life. He explains- ‘“Husk” is a statement against the drive for total control that CG techniques impose. Husk embraces environmental unpredict-ability with changes in lighting, weather and events giving the film a genuine living feeling. It is not pretend, made up from polygons, the film is part of the real world and existed during filming.’

Also, the long awaited new film from Mikey Hill will be playing after its premier at the Sydney Film Festival this week.

Announcing The Orchestra from mikey hill on Vimeo.

 

Check out the full line up of screenings and talks on the MIAF website here.

Jun 3 / Paul Paul

Opiuo – Quack Fat

Fresh from Dropbear (aka Jonathan Chong) comes this super tasty stop-motion treat perfectly synched and executed for Quack Fat by Opiuo. This animation took hundreds of hours to create and features over 240 cassettes, 5,600 feet of video tape, 108 floppy discs and 1 retro walkman. All worth it !  A feast for the eyes and ears !

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May 24 / Paul Paul

Trailer for THE MEEK

Here is a trailer for what looks like a fun little short by Brisbane based Studio Joho.

The original animated short created by Studio Joho’s Joe Brumm, Mark Paterson and Laura DiMaio, follows the story of a very small person trying to quit a very big bad habit. Made using digital cut-out, with Myf Warhurst narrating and featuring a beautiful score by The Cat Empire’s Ollie Mcgill, The Meek is both tiny and grand, toxic and detoxifying.

If you are lucky enough to attend MIAF this year then make sure to catch The Meek’s screening during the festival !

Mar 31 / Alex

New Teaser for Blinky Bill the Movie

Sydney’s Flying Bark have just released a trailer for their latest feature film- Blinky Bill the Movie.

Blinky Bill the Movie will be out in cinemas Sept 17th 2015.

 

Feb 13 / Paul Paul

Free your TV

Lovely piece by Yukfoo as part of the Free Your TV campaign for Freeview. The mini-short has a great cinematic feel to it along with a beautiful colour palette. Featuring the spunky animated IT boffin Jess, the spot gives new meaning to to the term “compassionate leave” as Jess liberates a very sad and distraught TV from the dead boring stockbroker’s office where she works.

Directed by Kristian Antonelli