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When Marieka Walsh was cooped up alone in a dark room working on her sand animation short film for her Masters degree at UTS, she never imagined that one day soon her name would be up alongside the world’s brightest talent.

Marieka spent 2 years juggling studying, work and animating a 7-minute stop motion sand animation THE HUNTER, which was recently accepted into SXSW. This will be the film’s international premiere, and Marieka will be flying off to Austin, Texas to present her film there in March.

Marieka, on making the film: “There were a few frustrating moments. Once I was two-thirds of the way through a difficult shot. I had been working on it for three days. I stood up to adjust some settings and placed my paintbrush behind my ear. When I leaned back over the glass the paintbrush fell into the picture and I had to start it again from scratch.”

Check out the video below in which Marieka speaks more about her process:

Marieka’s film is one of 17 short animations selected from around the world to screen at SXSW, with the winner eligible for an Academy Award. Amazing achievement for a first film and lovely to see a young Australian doing so well with the unique technique of sand animation.

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