Mar 31 / Alex

Frog Lovin by Nikhil Markale

Frog Lovin is Nikhil Markale‘s excellent graduate film about love, lust and excellent head wear. Markale is definitely an animator to keep an eye on.

Feb 26 / Paul

Bottersnikes and Gumbles Titles

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.

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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.


Feb 15 / Paul

Super Work for Super Food

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 !

Client: Blackmores
Agency: The Monkeys
Production Company: Photoplay Films
Director: Lucinda Schreiber
Photoplay Producer: Emma Thompson
Post Production: Resolution
Resolution Head of Design: Dylan McIntyre

Feb 4 / Alex

Black BIird VFX for Uncle Toby’s

Some beautiful Animation/Live action work here from Surry Hills studio, Black Bird. Directed by Lachlan Dickie

Jan 24 / Paul

Two Pozible Short films see their online release

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 !


Nov 22 / Phil

UTS end-of-year shows

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.

Nov 6 / Alex

Buck opens shop in Sydney

Its official guys, Buck has just launched a new studio in Sydney Australia. The world beating New York and LA animation studio have made their official launch with opening titles for Canadian creative conference Blend Fest.

Blend – Opening Titles from Buck on Vimeo.

New Zealand born designer/creative director Gareth O’brien made his way to Sydney from the New York office to lay the ground works for the Australian studio at the beginning of 2015. O’brien spent the last 12 months hiring talent and scouting studio space as well as working remotely on projects back in the US. We had a quick chat with him about the move.

OZ-London and Vancouver seem like hubs at the moment, what was it about Australia and Sydney in particular that made you want to set up here?  

GO- The move to Australia was based on a few things.  Buck had been flirting with the idea of opening an office outside of the US for a while but nothing ever stuck. Coming down under made sense to us partly because of the culture here. Antipodeans know how to work and party hard; this work/life balance suits Buck’s culture. It was also serendipitous – a few things fell into place making it feel like the right decision.
Personally, I had an amazing time in New York and will always look back on that time with fondness. My wife and I recently had 2 kids, which played a big part of our decision to move closer to home.
OZ- Setting up a studio is hard, even with the support of an established company. What sort of challenges are you facing? Do you think they are unique to Australia at all? 
GO- We have massive support from Buck and a lot of experience to lean on. So far things are going smoothly, largely due to this support system. I’ve found it a challenge to have a much smaller team than I’m used to, but at the same time I’m enjoying that. It’s satisfying and a really fun time to be involved in an office in its beginning stages. We’ve also got some great talent which is exciting. The whole team is killing it which makes life easy.
OZ- Are you missing New York? It must a pretty big change in pace for you.
GO-I miss my friends in New York the most. I do miss the city, but nothing that I can’t go back and experience again one day. Ultimately I’m loving the change of scene and pace. We spent Saturday looking for crabs in rock pools and then spent Sunday in the park. I love the life my girls are going to have here. My wife Victoria misses the Big Apple more than me, mainly it’s her friends and their kids that she misses. We’re pretty pumped with the move though and excited for the future.
OZ- What can we expect from the studio in the coming months? Any fun projects in the works?
GB- We’ll be moving into our studio space sometime over the next fortnight which is exciting for us. Work wise, we’re currently working on a fun character-driven spot which we’re excited to share with the world.
Oct 16 / Paul

Mighty Nice for a Mighty Cause

Great mograph work by Mighty Nice with this Explainer for ProQR Therapeutics, who develops products to potentially transform the lives of patients suffering from severe genetic disorders.

Reminiscent of their wonderful piece for the Girl effect from 5 years ago, Wow ! How time flies !