Animation

SHORT FILMS

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Redback (1996)
A red-backed spider is kicked out of home and tormented by the human world- then sets out on a course of revenge. Production funded through the Australian Film Commission. Won Dendy Award, Sydney Film Festival for Best Animation.
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Lucky For Some (2004)
Two people give their accounts to the police about their attraction to gambling and chance and their recent encounters. Stop Motion animation. Post Production investment from the Australian Film Commission. AFI Award Nomination for Best Animation 2004.
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Paris Lakes (2012)
A satirical look at the empty promises of overdevelopment in the city and suburbs. Screened In Competition at Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival.
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Nightlife (2014)
A film about battling sleeplessness and an easily disturbed overactive mind at night, expressed through sand animation.
Killer Cuisine (2020)
A fish sings about the ‘joy’ of garbage in the ocean. An animated cut out style to a retro ‘follow the bouncing ball’ sing-a-long.
Unloaded (2020)
A tiny film giving dumped furniture a second life. 2D animation over live action backgrounds from streets in my suburb.
1-Minute Animation of the Hooded Plover– a threatened species in Australia due to human disturbances and loss of habitat (2021)
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Still Flying (my student film) Made at Swinburne School of Film and Television in 1988, (before the film school relocated to Victorian College of the Arts) . Won AFI award for Best Animation in 1989, Dendy Award at Sydney Film Festival for Best Animation and Longford Award at the St Kilda Film Festival in 1989.

Collaborations and Contributions

This is a mix of animated contributions to other peoples stories and music.

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Contribution to student and staff project co-ordinated by Paul Fletcher at VCA Film and Television for Melbourne Zoo. This segment is about loss of habitat for the endangered Alpine She-oak Skink.
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Contribution to collaborative animation Introduced Species for part of a symphony composed by Katy Abbott and performed by Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Animation and live-action contribution to Richard Frankland’s song and performance ‘I Wonder‘.
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Music Video,’Chalk on Slate’ for Melbourne band Tarmac Adam
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Stop Motion animation for a music video for Melbourne band Soma Rasa – ‘Something Wicked’ A collaboration led by Andy Hook (2D) with Matt Mc Cullough compositing and vfx. Part of a series called 4-Minute Wonders sponsored by Film Victoria and ABC.
The Story of Maroon and The Story of Gelam are two very simple segments to assist illustrating two important indigenous totem stories for John Wayne Parsons, an amazing singer and storyteller with family from Moa Island in the Torres Strait and Queensland. The story of Maroon refers to the creation of Mt Maroon and the sand lizard Yuggara. The story of Gelam refers to a story about a mum and her son hunting in Moa and eventually the creation of Mer (Murray Island). These animations do not have sound as they were projected behind a live performance.

Going Way Back

The work below includes my student film from Swinburne School of Film and Television in 1988 and other project work that I created at Oddball Animation, a primarily stop motion animation studio making tv commercials. Anthony Lucas and Paul Gehrig were my very talented partners.

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‘Threads’ Segment for ‘Lift Off’ Children’s series An animated segment for a children’s series on ABC back in the early 90’s developed by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation in Melbourne.
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Chester Slingshot (5 x 1 minute 2D animated episodes for Jonathan Shiff Productions. (early 90s)