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.
We at Ozanimate may have taken a breather for the last month or so but the independent animation scene in Australia never rests. Here are a few choice offerings that we’ve loved over the last little while.
Tiny Man, Directed by Dirty Puppet for Pause Fest.
Bottersnikes and Gumbles is a new 52 part animated series developed at Mighty Nice in collaboration with Cheeky Little Media, for BBC, Netflix and Channel 7. In need of an awesome title sequence to set the mood and tone for the show they turned to their in house animation Maestro, Alex Grigg to direct.
Alex who is also one of our top curators here on the site (*Shameless promotion here, Sorry!) has a childhood history with the IP and together with a talented team of artists and producers delivered this special intro. Giving nod to Desmond Digby, the illustrator of the ‘Bottersnikes and Gumbles’ books, the stylized storytelling and look of the 2D titles complements the 3D episodes as well as standing on its own.
Directed by Lucinda Schreiber from Photoplay Films, this colourful tactile Ad for Blackmore’s Superfood is beautifully animated AND makes you want to eat your greens !
Agency: The Monkeys
Production Company: Photoplay Films
Director: Lucinda Schreiber
Photoplay Producer: Emma Thompson
Post Production: Resolution
Resolution Head of Design: Dylan McIntyre
Kicking off the new year with two powerful Australian animated and produced short films, Nowhere Lines : voices from Manus Island (Directed and Produced by Lukas Schrank) and Woody (Directed by Stuart Bowen). After touring the festival circuits with plenty of accolades and acclaim the two shorts have now been released online by their creators.
The two films also share a similar fate with their crowdfunding success on Pozible. Here’s hoping for more years where more and more original films, stories and voices can emerge thanks to state and online support !