Archive for June, 2009

‘Best of the Fest’ Closing night @ the 2009 Melbourne International Animation Festival


Last night was the closing night at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, where they played a selection of the best films from throughout the week.  Highlights for me were Monsieur Cok by Franck Dion & Richard van den Boom, The Swan by Aleksandra Korejwo, The MIAF film of the fest The Spine by Chris Landreth, The Employment by Santiago Grasso, Australian film of the fest The Bronze Mirror by Susan Danta, Rex the Dog by Geoffroy De Crecy for its smile value & Fantasie in Bubblewrap by Arthur Metcalf for somehow making you feel that popping bubblewrap is like taking a life.  Embedded are a selection of the films that I have been able to find on the web from last nights screening.  Enjoy!

Franck Dion, Richard van den Boom
France, 2008, 9’45
An ex-employee visits his egg-headed ex-boss at a robot-run bomb factory.

Smith & Foulkes
UK, 2008, 8’30
There’s a right and a wrong way to deal with the soon-to-be-buried. And then there’s the way these two accident prone undertakers go about it….

Linde Faas
Holland, 2008, 5’30
A quiet, intricate portrayal of the behaviour of birds in a natural environment.

Geoffroy De Crecy
France, 2008, 3’15
This puppy is cut out for a career in rock n’ roll.

Nicolas Brault
Canada, 2008, 6’30
Under the African sun death is a constant companion but so too is the hungu, an ancient musical instrument.

Arthur Metcalf
USA, 2007, 3’45
Even bubblewrap has feelings. Lots of feelings. Especially when you start popping them one at a time. They begin to wonder out loud which bubble will be next.

Direct link (Sorry, I couldn’t embed this one)

Emma Curtis

UK, 2008, 3’30

A totally engaging documentary about dedicated collectors of treasure, trinkets and ephemera.

MIAF 2009 Film of the Fest:

Chris Landreth
Canada, 2009, 11’00
Oscar® winner Chris Landreth returns with a poignant story of redemption that takes us into the relationship between a man and a woman trapped in a spiral of mutual destruction after 26 years of marriage.


Digging what other students dig

I had my first winter term subject today and all of the tutorials for that subject are online.  When this happens the group of students are normally asked to introduce themselves and post something which inspires them on the discussion board.  It’s always interesting to see what students admire from all the different forms of design disciplines teached at the University (communication, multimedia, interior, industrial, product and film). Here are some of todays highlights:

Claes Oldenburg




Roy Lichtenstein







Frank Lloyd Wright








Modular Lighting System by Molo

light softblock





Petrina Hicks








Patricia Piccinini








Fujifilm mini instax 7s







Yayoi Kusama










H. R. Giger






Paul Sahre





Zaha Hadid






Kazuyo Sejima


sejima - zollverein




Jarratt Moody – Typography




Behind the scenes at FoxSportsNews

Contrary to popular belief, I actually do work for a living.  One of my main gigs over the past few years has been working as a director at FoxSportsNews.  Here’s a bit of a look behind the camera for you.

Firstly the studio itself which is set up to seat a maximum of three people on the desk.  We do two sports news bulletins over the shift (much like Sports Tonight) and a hybrid news/opinion show.  One thing to point out is that Fox runs a pretty tight ship on these shows so we don’t employ any camera people.  One of my jobs is to set up the four cameras (2 CU’s, 1 two  shot, 1 wide) and then lock them off.  This works fine on most occasions as the anchors know that they can’t move around too much but you do sometimes get a guest who is quite animated, moving in and out of shot which causes me to lose hair.





Behind me you can see the set of one of the other talk shows.  I just wanted to show that the books aren’t REAL!!!




There are three monitors inside the front desk which show program, and the rundown.  Auto cue is also controlled by the anchor by a scroll wheel beside them (not pictured).





Harry, one of our audio guys in the audio booth.  The little blue box on the top of the mixer is a sound effects machine which comes in handy if your a little bored.



This is the technical directors area.  I try not to touch anything in here!  I basically cry out to the technical director if something isn’t working and hope that he/she can get it fixed.



This is the area where I mainly work in.  It’s not as scary as it seems although you will jump into hyperspace if you pull the mixing desk leaver towards you.  Thankfully I have yet to do that.  The monitor on the far right attached on the wall is designed to input the plasma content which will be looping on the front desk.  The system only has memory for thirty seconds of video (!) so you need to ingest the footage through and make sure it loops ok for each show.  You can also see that the vision mixer monitor shows all four cameras, what I’m sending out to line, and program out.  






Lastly, it should be noted that the number of crew on the Melbourne end total the grand number of THREE people.  A director, an audio director and a technical director who also doubles as a lighting director.  The show itself is based in Sydney so all graphics, tapes and of course the producer of the shows are located over there which is great for me as all I have to worry about is cutting for the conversation and let Sydney do all the rest.  Awesome!

Rotoscope Animation Assignment

This is a 2d rotoscope assignment for University which had to be all done in Flash.

The Brief:

You are to explore the creative graphic possibilities of the repeated use of 1 – 3
short animated loops, at least 12 frames in duration. Your movie should
have a lyrical theme, be at least 1 minute in length and edited to a sound track
(preferably copyright free).

Angel of the Wind (MIFF 2008)

I’m on school holidays right now so I’m doing the whole reflecting back thing and looking at my past work (also known as wasting time).  The Melbourne International Film Festival will begin in a few weeks and I remembered that I worked on one of the feature films last year called ‘Angel of The Wind’ (dir: Tahir Cambis) as a colourist and online editor.  It was one of those jobs where they had about a months worth of work to be done in about two weeks.  It was somewhat insane!  Anyway,  I found the trailer that I cut which bought back memories.  The synopsis according to imdb: “Documentary that explores the age-old idea of actors as spiritual portals – in this case, flight in war.”

Beau White, ‘Creepy Cripple: Paintings to make your flesh crawl’ @ 696

I just got back from Beau White’s exhibit at 696 in Brunswick on the exhibits last day and was disappointed to find that most of the work was either taken down or sold off.  That’s what you get for going to an exhibit on it’s closing day. Anyway…his work is pretty awesome..nice and gory as shown in the picture below.  On the other hand it was my first time at 696 located at 696 Sydney Road, Brunswick and was pleasantly surprised by this little gallery.  The gallery space is TINY however the shop within is great with a massive range of spray paints, toys, artwork, tshirts, check it out if you get the chance.  There’s also a new exhibit every couple of weeks so look out for more exhibit reviews from 696 over the coming months.


Metamorphosis Animation

Our final design brief for 2D animation class was to create a 15 second animation that can loop infinitely.  The first frame had to be a still life which we drew in class (that being a human skull, a shoe, a paper towel, a bowl of lemons, and an iron) which we then digitised into Flash.  We then had to make sure we transitioned those objects into three different scenes/objects making sure your keeping animation principles in mind (squash and stretch, anticipation etc).  We WEREN’T allowed to use any tweens so all drawings and animation had to be done by hand (for those that are unfamiliar to Flash, a tween is when you tell the computer that you want something to move from A to B and the computer figures out the rest) and all images had to be vector only.  I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this piece.  The AGIDEAS conference meant I missed the still life class so I was always playing catch up with it.  I’m happy how it has turned out but of course if I had the time I would do the whole thing again differently.  You live and learn.  Screenshots are below and you can watch the infinite loop here.

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