Sep 24 / Phil

Sydney International Animation Festival 2013

The 2013 Sydney International Animation Festival is upon us once again and this year: it’s all free!

The University of Technology Sydney is hosting the event which contains lots of practical workshops and panel discussions.

For fans of MTV’s experimental Liquid Television series, there are sessions with John Andrews – former VP of Animation at MTV during the 1990′s. He was instrumental in bringing shows to life like Beavis and Butthead, Aeon Flux, Daria, The Maxx and The Head.

Plus there is a host of local and international animation to watch.

As a special treat for gamers and the people who make them, there is a screening of the award-winning documentary Indie Game: The Movie, followed by a panel of indie game developers.

UTS has hosted SIAF for a number of years now, and festival director Deb Szapiro was excited about the program:

“This year we’re really focussed on content creators and the practical “how-to” of animation. We want people to come along and get their hands dirty and their minds blown.” — Deb Szapiro, Festival director

The 2013 Sydney International Animation Festival runs from Sept 25th to 28th. For more information, visit the SIAF website.

Sep 20 / Alex

Bundles from Mighty Nice

Since their rebrand in 2011 Telstra has commissioned a bunch of great animated spots. And while occasionally working with US industry giants- Psyop and BUCK, the Telco has more often than not been commissioning local to help bring life to their brand. Sydney’s Mighty Nice has been a key part of this process, and this week they return with these great spots.

Sep 20 / Alex

Lovely New Work from Dirty Puppet

Melbourne’s Dirty Puppet have had a busy winter and have just updated their website with really lovely new work.

Sep 8 / Paul Paul

LNWC Ghost Stories

Hold on to your arm rests ! Late Night Work Club has just released their much anticipated animated anthology, Ghost stories.

The film premiered in London on Tuesday September 3rd to a full house crowd.


For those who aren’t familiar with LNWC: It is basically a loose, rotating collective of indie animators who do independent, non-commercial work and create the most awesome personal, experimental and vital animation while the rest of us are in bed and counting sheeps !


Our very own contributor Alex Grigg is part of these night owlers and for the past year was working on his film entitled, Phantom Limb.

Written Directed and Animated by Alex Grigg
Additional Animation by Alexis Sudgen, James Hatley, Jean-Gui Culot, Jarrod Prince, Bill Northcott,
Backgrounds by Colin Bigelow with German Casado, Jason Pamment, Alex Grigg, Bjorn-Erik Aschim
Sound Design & Audio by Oswald Skillbard
Music Written and Performed by Kirsty Tickle and Jonathan Boulet,
Doctor Voiced by Clifford Hume,
Martha Voiced by Sarah Jones,
Compositing by – Ryan Kirby, Alex Grigg, Scott Benson
Digital Ink and Paint by – Rimon Bar, Alexis Sudgen, Jasper Parker Trenfield
Produced for Late Night Work Club

Sep 6 / Alex

Meeting Michael Jackson with Rubber House and Simon Helberg

Another great episode of Jash’s web series- Very Animated People, directed and animated by Rubber House.

Sep 1 / Paul Paul

Gruen Nation Titles 2013

With the new election coming up, Gruen Nation has returned and a new title sequence comes with it! Hackett Films worked tirelessly on this stop motion project – only for the overthrowing of Gillard overturning a lot of their plans! The have made it through in the end with this great piecerendered in a stylised Aussie landscape made mostly from paper, with a few scale models as well.

Also check out this Making Of Timelapse to see some of the effort that went into shooting it.

Sep 1 / Paul Paul

Empra – Strange Condition

Melbourne’s Oh Yeah Wow kids have just released this awesome clip for Empra’s latest track, Strange condition. The clip features a clever mix of pop ups, live animation and puppeteering.



Aug 21 / Alex

The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4, By Steve Baker

Steve Baker’s new film is a real triumph. Funny, sad, heartfelt, and beautifully made.

Baker won the Tropfest title back in 2007 with one of his first shorts- An Imaginary Life- the first time an Animated film won the grand prize at the festival. He went on to win an AFI for his film- Dog with Electric Collar in 2008 and since then has been working as a director at Taxi Film.