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 !
2015 has been quite the year for the animation students at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). To give some context of what UTS has achieved: every Sydney winner in the past year of the bi-monthly Loop De Loop challenge has come from UTS, and now is the time to see the work they (and their fellow students) have produced this year.
Previous Loop De Loop winners Richard Chhoa, Paul Rhodes and Ryley Miller are all presenting original animation at this year’s event which is being split into two shows: one for the undergraduate class, and another one for the fourth year honours cohort.
Both are being held at The Old Rum Store in Chippendale. Opening night for the first, second and third years students is Monday Nov 23 at 6pm, while the final films from the honours students will premiere on Thursday Nov 26 at 6pm.
Come along a see what the future holds for animation in Sydney.