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Sydney-based Nina Knežević and Greg Sharp launch their new studio, Truba Animation.

Coinciding with their studio announcement is the online release of their debut short, The Future.

First seen alongside the Late Night Work Club STRANGERS anthology, The Future sets the tone as to what we can expect from the director/producer power couple behind Truba. Bold visuals, intelligent storytelling and comedy all wrapped into a unique 2D meets stop-motion form factor.

We asked Greg and Nina about their short film, the new company and their shared experiences so far in Sydney.

Ozanimate: Tell us about Truba, where is it coming from and what are you goals for the studio?

Truba: Truba came from wanting to work together more officially, and evolve our creative collaboration. At Truba, we will make the type of work that we want to see more of and build production pipelines that protect creativity.

Oz: The Future marks Truba’s debut short, what were some of the motivations behind the film?

Truba: The central theme is resource scarcity, or specifically the lack of water. Our world-views were shaped by the 80’s of Chernobyl, cold-wars, droughts and acid-rain.
Now we’re living through climate-change and belligerent fear-mongering politics. The Future speaks to that sense of doom and the nature of desperation.

Oz: In The Future, the animation is said to be a form of digital stop-motion, can you elaborate on that technique and its advantages over traditional stop-motion?

Truba: By going digital we don’t have to give up our UNDO button, and we maximise flexibility by using Flash, which has such a bad reputation but for simply moving shapes around, it’s incredibly versatile, quick, and flexible. A digital pipeline is also more easily scaleable than traditional, physical stop-motion.

Oz: Having a number shows in development, can you give a couple of tips on how series are born and best produced?

Truba: We have different strengths and we try to build on them, we are open to learning and evolving our skills. Coming back to being inspired by the story, characters, the world they inhabit, and then developing, developing, developing … hopefully the pitch has a compelling foundation that is easily communicated. Everything is easier if you understand where your story is going and know your characters inside out, and assemble a great team around you.

Oz: What is the Sydney Animation scene like in your eyes?

Truba: It’s super, and it’s growing at a silly rate, like everything in Sydney. And in that typical Sydney way, it’s fractured, so there are always new pockets of talent to stumble upon. Being a destination city is reflected in the presence of more foreign animators living here than we’ve observed in other cities, if we can get comparative.

Learn more about The Future by reading Greg’s interview for Cartoon Brew Fest.

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