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
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.
Munch is the new independent webseries produced by Sydney duo- Zoomtoons.
The 2 person studio consists of Cam Ralf (animator and voice artist) and Zoe Harrington (writer). The pair have set them selves the gargantuan task of completing an episode every two weeks, no mean feat considering they are a completely independent outfit.. The episodes are great little stories and I’m enjoying seeing the formula evolve with each episode.
Recently I got to ask the pair about how they came to start the series and who munch really is.
Cam: I’ve loved cartoons for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching them to death and I’ve always wanted to make my own; to voice the characters; and to make people laugh. To have the chance to show people my own ideas and engage them is really exciting for me. After creating several animated shorts for YouTube and gaining some moderate feedback, I decided to sit down and design a new character and a brand new web series.
Zoe: When Cam and I met, we immediately bonded over productions such as The Simpsons, Pinky and the Brain and the great Ren and Stimpy. The 90s style of cartoons in particular will become a clear influence for Munch as the series develops. We had experimented with a couple of ideas for animation shorts but they were too complicated for two people to produce regularly- also we just didn’t love them. We love Munch like a little blue child. Cam dragged Munch from the recesses of his brain- we dusted him off and threw him into a cartoon universe which we continue to develop.
Cam: To be honest, we’re not exactly sure what Much is. He could be an alien, he could be from another dimension, or a lost experiment. Not knowing exactly who or what he is adds a lot to the magic of his character. It allows the audience to make up their own minds, which in turn helps build his world even more.
Munch is a little guy with a big heart and a limitless world to explore!
View all the episodes so far on the Zoomtoons Youtube channel right here.
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.
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
Grace Under Water. Anthony Lawrence
Love In The Time Of March Madness. Robertino Zambrano, Melissa Johnston
The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4. Steve Baker
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.
- Idents and Stings: Mirari and Co for HBO South Asia
- Education and Infographics: Resin for Two Left Feet
- Web Viral: Cinesite VFX for Beans
- Music Videos: The Mill for We Are Shining – Wheel
- Student: Sabrina Denault for Any Witch Way
- Game Cinematics: Platige Image for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- TV Series: Screen Scene for Ripper Street Season 2
- Titles and Openers: Actual for TEDxSydney 2014
- Short Film: Autour de Minuit for Habana
- Commercials Animation: Passion Pictures for Nike – The Last Game
- Commercials VFX: The Mill for Smithwick’s Squirrel
- Feature Film VFX: Weta Digital for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- Live Event VFX and Animation: Spinifex Group for MCA Projection – Vivid 2014
Congratulations to all the nominees. Keep up the terrific work.
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 :