Oct 21 / Phil

Warm reception for Winter

Winter is the latest animated short from Damian Gascoigne.

It was created in response to music written by award-winning Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin and was designed to accompany a live performance by the Australian Piano Quartet.

One of the challenges of creating an animated piece to be screened while musicians play for an audience is to think about synchronising the music and the images.

I allowed for discrepancy in timing that is bound to happen with live music performance, and let new synch points emerge through the playing — Damian Gascoigne

Using the recurring motif of frosty breath lingering in a sparse, cold environment, Gascoigne combined hand-drawn elements which were then scanned and manipulated digitally.

Damian Gascoigne runs the Bachelor of Design in Animation program at UTS and you can find more of Damian Gascoigne’s work on his Vimeo page.

Sep 24 / Paul Paul

Mighty Nice for Fandangles

Sydney’s Mighty Nice is behind this sweet 3D animated campaign for Peters Fandangles. Alex Grigg and Darren Price directed.

Sep 3 / Alex

AACTA’s Short Animation Nominees Announced

The nominees for the Australian Academy of Cinematic and Television Arts Award‘s Short Animation catagory have just been announced. Some real juicy number in here for sure! The final winner will be announced in January 2015.

GOD SQUAD. Nicholas Kempt, Troy Zafer

God Squad Promo from ZAC Creative on Vimeo.

Grace Under Water. Anthony Lawrence

Love In The Time Of March Madness. Robertino Zambrano, Melissa Johnston

Love in the Time of March Madness – TRAILER from KAPWA Studioworks on Vimeo.

The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4. Steve Baker

The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4 from Steve Baker on Vimeo.

Sep 1 / Phil

AEAF Award Winners 2014

Last week Sydney played host to the annual Australian Effects and Animation Festival (AEAF) awards

After cocktails and a catch-up at the Event Cinemas, some of Australia’s best animators, directors and producers settled in to honour the best visual effects from the previous year.

A new category was added this year to the awards list: Live Event Visual Effects and Animation.

Here are the list of gold award winners for 2014.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Keep up the terrific work.

Aug 25 / Paul Paul

Antibody + Breeder = Emmy

Big congratulations for Patrick Clair’s Antibody  in collaboration with Breeder on their well deserved Emmy win with HBO’s True Detective. The title sequence won Outstanding Main Title Design at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys.

Here’s what Breeder had to say about the news :

When Patrick Clair of Antibody first enlisted us to composite eight shots for True Detective’s moody, apocalyptic opening sequence, we could never have dreamt the final result would be so well-received. Working with Patrick and his team was a delight from start to finish, and we send major congratulations their way.

You can also check out Pat’s thank you speech below :

Aug 20 / Alex

Maya the Bee Trailer from Flying Bark

Flying Bark have just released the trailer for their Feature Film adaptation of Maya the Bee. It looks pretty darn impressive.

While Maya the Bee might be a new character to Australian audiences the book that the film is hugely popular in Germany. The film was made with both German and English audiences in mind (German trailer below). The first feature film adaptation of the story was way back in 1924 and was the “first full-length film to star live insects”. The most well known adaptation of Maya was from 1975 when it was re-made in Japan as an anime series.

Maya the Bee will open on November 01 2014 around Australia.

Aug 12 / Alex

Adult Swim Idents from Rubber House

Rubber House sure have been busy over the winter. Following up from their collaboration with Cartoon Network last year, these videos are the instalments of their latest work for Adult Swim. The pieces are funny, grotesque, irreverent and premièred this week as idents throughout Adult Swim’s programming.

Adult Swim. High Score from Rubber House on Vimeo.

Adult Swim. Chess Mating from Rubber House on Vimeo.

Adult Swim. Protein from Rubber House on Vimeo.

For the project the directing duo choose to write and direct the sections separately and ran separate teams side by side from both Sydney and Melbourne. It was interesting to see the personal styles of Greg Sharp and Ivan Dixon untangle themselves into their natural states. Much like their personal Loop Deloop substitutions you can see each artist’s individual sense of humour and aesthetic bleed through more clearly. Its nice right?!
There will be more to come so keep an eye on Rubber House’s Vimeo page!

Aug 11 / Phil

Reg Mombassa music video by UTS students

Legendary Aussie artist and musician Reg Mombassa has teamed up with UTS animation students to produce a new music video.

The song is With Good Reason from Mombassa’s band Dog Trumpet.

Ozanimate spoke with director Bailey Sharp about working with Mombassa and the process of making the film clip.

Ozanimate: What was it like working with an icon like Reg Mombassa?

Bailey Sharp: Reg was really easy to work with. He turned over his entire visual catalogue for us to draw from but then was very respectful of what we wanted to do, which was very empowering

Oz: The film (like Mobassa’s work) is heavy in metaphor and symbolism – did a lot of that come from Reg or your team, or both?

BS: Reg gave us two points of reference to work from: Some of his charcoal works showing landscapes choked by industrial junk and his character Business Horse, a rotting horse carcass in a business suit. So we were starting off with these images that are already loaded with political commentary so that definitely did steer us in the direction we went in.

Oz: How would you describe the creative input UTS had on the project?

BS: We were given really freedom to go where we wanted so the team had the bulk of the creative input on the project. The whole idea of Business Horse as this proselytizer of industry who is preying on these animals came from us at UTS.

Oz: Did you get to see the film in front of a live audience? What was their reaction?

BS: Reg organised a great launch for the video at the Deus Café in Camperdown. We watched the video and then Dog Trumpet played two sets and then played live to the animation. It was fun. The reaction went as well as I could have hoped; the laughs came in the right places.

Oz: What techniques did you use?

BS: In the end we decided to re-draw Reg’s characters, with the exception of Business Horse who we took from an existing painting. We made all the other characters in pieces so we could take the individual parts into after effects and animate them with puppet pins. It was important to me to keep it looking like it could have all been done under the camera, we tried to keep any digital stretching or manipulation of the images to a minimum.

The characters were drawn in charcoal. The art director on the project, Haein Kim, did all of the background elements herself- I think she really lived up to what was a very scary task: Trying to mimic an iconic artist’s work, for the artist himself.

Oz: Is there anyone you’d like to thank as part of the process?

BS: The project was the work of a whole team so every one of them deserves thanks. Also lots of credit goes to our lecturers: Deborah Szapiro who organized and managed the project and Damian Gascoigne who heads the Bachelor of Design in Animation course at UTS.

And finally to Reg himself. It was a really great project to be on and we all got some amazing Mombassa prints in the end.