Oct 28 / Alex

Munch by Zoomtoons

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.

Oct 21 / Phil

Warm reception for Winter

Winter is the latest animated short from Damian Gascoigne.

It was created in response to music written by award-winning Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin and was designed to accompany a live performance by the Australian Piano Quartet.

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.

Damian Gascoigne runs the Bachelor of Design in Animation program at UTS and you can find more of Damian Gascoigne’s work on his Vimeo page.

Sep 24 / Paul Paul

Mighty Nice for Fandangles

Sydney’s Mighty Nice is behind this sweet 3D animated campaign for Peters Fandangles. Alex Grigg and Darren Price directed.

Sep 3 / Alex

AACTA’s Short Animation Nominees Announced

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

God Squad Promo from ZAC Creative on Vimeo.

Grace Under Water. Anthony Lawrence

Love In The Time Of March Madness. Robertino Zambrano, Melissa Johnston

Love in the Time of March Madness – TRAILER from KAPWA Studioworks on Vimeo.

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

The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4 from Steve Baker on Vimeo.

Sep 1 / Phil

AEAF Award Winners 2014

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.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Keep up the terrific work.

Aug 25 / Paul Paul

Antibody + Breeder = Emmy

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 :

Aug 20 / Alex

Maya the Bee Trailer from Flying Bark

Flying Bark have just released the trailer for their Feature Film adaptation of Maya the Bee. It looks pretty darn impressive.

While Maya the Bee might be a new character to Australian audiences the book that the film is hugely popular in Germany. The film was made with both German and English audiences in mind (German trailer below). The first feature film adaptation of the story was way back in 1924 and was the “first full-length film to star live insects”. The most well known adaptation of Maya was from 1975 when it was re-made in Japan as an anime series.

Maya the Bee will open on November 01 2014 around Australia.

Aug 12 / Alex

Adult Swim Idents from Rubber House

Rubber House sure have been busy over the winter. Following up from their collaboration with Cartoon Network last year, these videos are the instalments of their latest work for Adult Swim. The pieces are funny, grotesque, irreverent and premièred this week as idents throughout Adult Swim’s programming.

Adult Swim. High Score from Rubber House on Vimeo.

Adult Swim. Chess Mating from Rubber House on Vimeo.

Adult Swim. Protein from Rubber House on Vimeo.

For the project the directing duo choose to write and direct the sections separately and ran separate teams side by side from both Sydney and Melbourne. It was interesting to see the personal styles of Greg Sharp and Ivan Dixon untangle themselves into their natural states. Much like their personal Loop Deloop substitutions you can see each artist’s individual sense of humour and aesthetic bleed through more clearly. Its nice right?!
There will be more to come so keep an eye on Rubber House’s Vimeo page!