Nov 15 / Paul

Peppercorn Babycorn Unicorn

After making successful rounds around the festival circuit and grabbing some awards along the way, the new short film by Adelaide based, Makoto Koji is now online for our viewing pleasure. Dive into this magical world where an unattended cauldron result in an unexpected mythical creature.

Film by Makoto Koji
Music by Christopher Larkin

Made in South Australia and Financed through the South Australian Film Corporation’s support of the Media Resource Centre

Oct 31 / Paul

UTS joins forces with Animal Logic for new Animation Degree

Following our post on AFTRS’s Master of Animation last week. Prospective students in Sydney are spoilt for choice with Master studies in 2017 !

Australian award winning digital animation and visual effects production studio, Animal Logic, has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to deliver a ground-breaking industry led postgraduate program in digital animation and visualisation. Starting in 2017, the UTS ALA will deliver the first industry-led post graduate degree of its kind in Australia, a Master of Animation and Visualisation (MAV).

For further information on how to apply, please visit:

Hurry as applications will close on 11 November 2016!

Oct 25 / Paul


Applications are now open for AFTRS MA SCREEN: ANIMATION & VFX. This course, led by Susan Danta, is being offered for the first time in 2017. The AFTRS Masters’ program is an intensive, 2-year degree with a maximum of 6 places per discipline so you are guaranteed one-on-one industry mentorship.

Join the prestigious list of AFTRS alumni working in the digital arts including Emmy Award winner Patrick Clair (Titles Design for True Detective), Academy Award Nominee Sejong Park (Birthday Boy) and Visual Effects Society Student Award Winner Sandy Widyanata (Plastic).

Click HERE to find out more about the program and how to apply.

Oct 24 / Paul

Music video by Dropbear using 3D printing

In case you missed it here’s the hypnotizing music video made by Dropbear for Dan Sultan‘s new single ‘Magnetic’. It uses 3D printing, stop motion animation, projection mapping and 3D animation all combined to transform Dan into a living work of art. Two months of animating, 5 machines running day and night and over 60 individual 3D printed parts and 2700 photos !

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Director and stop-motion animation: Jonathan Chong @ Dropbear Digital

3D scan and 3D animation: Shawn Miller

Projection mapping: Jean Poole

3D printing: Christopher Langton

DOP consultant: Cesar Salmeron

Editing: Jonathan Chong

Aug 16 / Paul

Node Fest – Motion Event

NODE FEST will bring the best in Australian Motion Graphics and Animation together to share their work, industry insights and creative inspiration with peers and wannabes!
The Festival will take place at ACMI in Melbourne on November 18 and is organised by Creative Director, James Cowen aka “The Captain” from Yes Captain in Melbourne.
Eight fantastic speakers will attend and two of them have already been announced, Chris “Moe” Morris from Brisbane’s epic motion design studio Breeder and Mograph expert Tim Clapham from helloluxx of Sydney.
Node is shaping up to be Australia’s Premier Motion Event and to celebrate the launch is also organising The NodeFest Logo Ident competition, where you can create a 10-15 second HD Ident featuring the Node logo.
You have until midnight August 31 2016 to enter so hurry! Deets are here and Prizes include licenses for the brand new C4D R18 and X-Particles 3.5 along with some quality training from helloluxx.
Node tickets on sale next week – Monday Aug 22. All early bird ticket purchases go in the draw to win an ‪‎Adobe‬ CC license !
Jun 9 / Paul

Sydney Film Festival – Animation Showcase

With MIAF just around the corner, you could get warmed up by attending the 63rd Sydney Film Festival, running June 8-19, SFF is presenting a series of wonderful animated programs: Kids Animation ShowcaseAnimation After Dark Showcase and International Animation Showcase. Collectively, these films form a snapshot of a vibrant, vital artform authored by filmmakers of incredible imagination and boundless creative dexterity.


Jun 9 / Paul

10 days until MIAF 2016 !

Screening more Australian animation than anywhere else in the world, the prolific 2016 Melbourne International Animation Festival explodes once again in the heart of Melbourne at ACMI in Federation Square from June 19 for 8 days of culturally infused mind-blowing animation.

Kicking off the festival Sunday, 19 June, with the highly anticipated Australian Showcase. Also featured are the crowd favorites: International Competitions Programs, Panorama Programs, Best of the Next, Late Night Bizarre, Kids Program and Best of the Fest. Not to mention, the fantastic line up of themed programs featuring films and studios from Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, USA and more.

Highlights from this year’s exciting program include a focus on Black & White Animation, an exclusive look at restored Classic Disney Shorts from 1930s – 1940s, Indie LA, a comprehensive wrap up of the independent LA animation scene, plus many more, including an array of special guests, both local and international.

Canadian based animator, Theodore Ushev, one of the boldest innovators within the 3D stereoscopic realm of animation, will be one of MIAF’s most anticipated guests.

MIAF’s annual symposium introduces for the first time, Animated Melbourne Made dedicated to celebrating the development and history of Melbourne’s own world-class animators. Including a ‘retrospective’ program featuring Dirk de Bruyn, one of Australia’s more acclaimed abstract animators.

The Melbourne International Animation Festival provides an arable space for art and cultural expansion. The dynamic experience saturates the audience’s minds, immersing them in the complex and colourful world of animation, while expanding their horizons to find a whole new world beyond the socio-cultural understanding of main-stream animation. MIAF16 offers an eclectic selection of the weird and inspirational mash of creative talent, showing that in animation, anything is possible.

Full program details, schedule and events descriptions:

May 31 / Paul

The Grave of Saint Oran

Some of you might remember our story a few years ago on a wonderful stop-motion music video, I Have Your Heart, by Melbourne based Director, Jim Batt.

Well Jim is now back on set and behind the camera with an upcoming stop motion animation ‘The Grave of Saint Oran’ which is based on Neil Gaiman’s poem ‘In Relig Odhrain’.

“This is a true story. Well, as true as any story about a sixth-century Irish saint can be. The churchyard is there, on Iona. You can even visit it.” – Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning


Having smashed their original funding goal of $45,000 on Kickstarter. The crew is now hard at work meticulously hand animating frame by frame the paper cutouts beautifully illustrated by artist Ellen Barkin Söderholm.
Follow their progress by following them on Instagram or by visiting the film’s Website.