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

Feb 2 / Alex

Pixel Art Simpson Opener by Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon

Australian animation directors Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon have just released an epic pixel art recreation of the opening to the Simpsons.

You may be familiar Ivan’s work with Rubber House Studio and Paul’s ongoing domination of the pixel art world. This is the first major collaboration for the pair who are amongst the founding members of communal animation space La Tigre Forte (other members include Ben Ommundson, Julian Frost (Dumb Ways to Die), Aaron McdonaldChris Edser, Felix Colgrave and Andrew Onorato).

Jan 21 / Paul Paul

Pond Scum


Recent Graduate from QCA, Catriona Drummond has just released her 2D short, Pond Scum online. Check it !

Jan 2 / Paul Paul

NOWHERE LINE: VOICES FROM MANUS ISLAND

“AFTER THREE MONTHS I BOARDED A SMALL FISHING BOAT, UNFORTUNATELY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY TO AUSTRALIA OUR BOAT STARTED TO SINK INTO THE SEA, AND WE HAD TO STRUGGLE WITH THE THOUGHT OF DEATH FOR 40 HOURS…WE LOST HOPE AND ACCEPTED THAT WE WILL DIE IN THAT ENDLESS MOMENT WHICH EVERYBODY WAS EXHAUSTED AND FELT HOPELESS…

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Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island is an animated short film, which tells the stories of two men, currently detained in Australia’s notorious Manus Island Processing Centre. In October 2014, director Lukas Schrank, made phone contact with the men, who were able to tell their stories from within the compound. Their interviews offer a chilling insight into the reality of life for the 2200 people currently being held in Australia’s offshore detention centres. The production design looks stunning and reminiscent in style of the oscar nomminated and widely acclaimed Waltz with Bashir.  

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The animation is being crafted using a combination of analogue and digital techniques, to create scenes that are visually rich and cinematic, but are also stylised and have a handmade quality to them that communicates the human side of the stories being told. Hundreds of hand-drawn textures have been created – these are mapped onto 3D models of each scene, and then rendered to include realistic light, shadows and perspective. Video reference of each scene was recorded to allow the animators to give realistic movement to the characters, which are drawn frame-by-frame and composited into the scenes.

As story that NEEDS to be told and which needs YOUR help ! You can head to their Pozible campaign page and donate any amount to help the team reach their goal knowing that some of the money raised will also go on sending items such as novels, language books, portable DVD players, toys and textbooks to the detainees. To help make their life a bit better.

Dec 22 / Alex

The Fall of THQ

Video game news site Polygon have put together an in depth look at the downfall of THQ. Australia was once a hub for game developers with almost a dozen international companies having major studios in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. The GFC saw almost all of these studios shut down sending hundreds of artists packing. Polygon’s article has some rare insights into how THQ in particular fell a part. Having heard rumours for years now, its really interesting to hear a broader view of the situation.

On a side note this is a great format for long/medium form journalism too. It’s hard to find the time to read in depth articles on line but a podcast style format is quite digestible.  Nice one Polygon. You can see the full text version with illustrations here.

Dec 1 / Paul Paul

Airbnb calls on Cirkus for amazing hand-made ad

Completely in love with this wonderful one take ad by Kiwi Animation House, Cirkus who took on the challenge of helping Airbnb make the world a little bit smaller. Christian Greet and Norman Yeend, backed by a talented team, created this epic miniature 60 second train ride showcasing that wherever you go with Airbnb, you can make yourself right at home.

“To tick all of the boxes for Airbnb’s target market, Cirkus needed to ensure that the journey would be whimsical, dreamlike, artistic and fantastic, just as travelling can be. With this aesthetic in mind, the team settled on a hand/home made approach utilising out-of-the-box mechanical transitions to take the viewer from one environment into the next. This train ride has been filmed as one long take, with everything happening in-camera without the use of any CG imagery.”

View the grand spectacle below and be sure to check out the making-of video to truly appreciate the gargantuan effort it took to produce.

Advertising Agency: TBWA\Singapore
Creative Director: Gary Steel
Art Director: Nuno Teixeira
Copywriter: James Holmes
Production: Six Toes TV Singapore
Executive Producer: Haydn Evans
Production House: Cirkus Film
Director: Christian Greet
Producer: Marko Klijn

Nov 6 / Paul Paul

Dropbear for John Butler Trio


This week’s find comes from Jonathan Chong aka Dropbear, a wonderful Melbourne director and animator who has worked on a number of award winning videos such as Hudson and Troop’s Against The Grain.

His latest video is for none other than John Butler Trio ‘Spring To Come’, the opening track from their acclaimed ‘Flesh & Blood’ album released earlier this year.

 

The stop motion video music video was animated by Dropbear while in collaboration with fellow Melbourne based illustrator Snip Green who provided the visual style for this beautiful interpretation of the song.

“It took hundreds of hours to create with painstaking detailed minuscule movements of each artistic piece.”

 

Nov 4 / Paul Paul

Sausage by Robert Grieves

Multi Award winning Short Animation sizzles with anticipation on the eve the Oscar shortlist

With the Academy preparing to announce its shortlist for Best Animated Short Film, SAUSAGE, one of this years Oscar hopefuls gears up to premiere online. This independent production created between Australia and Britain just launched yesterday (Monday the 3rd November)  after a successful festival circuit accumulating eight international prizes and Oscar qualification.

The entirely self funded and animated six minute film, Robert Grieves’s first narrative creation, has swept up an impressive number of top international awards and gained selection to first choice Australian festivals, Flickerfest and Melbourne International Animation Festival (both festivals touring Australia with the film). Winning ‘Best Animation’ at Foyle Film Festival in Northern Ireland secured SAUSAGE its coveted place on the Oscars consideration list

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With a fine blend of adult and children’s humour, the film explores topical food ethics as it tells of the battle between two artisan market sellers and a slick new fast food vendor, a metaphor for the supermarket giants who threaten the future of local suppliers. With Australia’s two biggest supermarkets holding 70% of the market, this retro looking film explores a very contemporary debate.