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“Problem + Chainsaw = No Problem!” – the inspired animation of VDA Studios

In illustration, media, video on 13 August 2009 at 12:52 pm

A couple of mates, Rob Moffett and Benjamin Baker, were passing the time of day at work while making shipping pallets by kicking around ideas for a cartoon.

Their first idea was called Helpy the Helpful Turtle. “It was a faux-educational show about a man-sized turtle who spends each episode being abusive and failing miserably in his attempts to help children,” Ben says. “After a few voice recording sessions it was clear that making a cartoon based loosely on our own exploits was far more appealing.”

That cartoon became Friendcore, a few minutes of Flash animation they put up on MySpace and some blogs every couple of weeks. It was spotted by animator and visual effects artist Doug Bayne – from Double the Fist (he plays Mephisto) and The Chaser’s War on Everything – who was scouting for animated contributions for the ABC’s jtv, and in 2007 Friendcore started airing on national television.

jtv’s producer called about doing something similar for the new video game show, Good Game.

“At the meeting they asked us if we knew how to use After Effects,” Rob says. “I said, ‘Sure!’, and signed the contract. Then I had to do a crash course in After Effects.”

“We sort of jumped in the deep end on this,” Ben says, “but we figured learning a whole new program couldn’t compare to the hell of converting Flash animation to TV-compatible footage. Turns out it opened way more doors than we had anticipated.”

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Robots, comics and one helluva slide night

In architecture, festival, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, technology on 29 July 2009 at 4:35 am

The Sydney Design 09 festival starts this Saturday, 1 August. Kollektor has already given you a heads-up about five great ticketed events, the talk on the Bruno Benini archive and the tour of treasures from the Caroline Simpson Library.

Here are three more events to consider: a collection of cool talks.

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha – the Japanese term for the sound of conversation – is an event which gives anyone with something creative to share a forum. Presenters are allowed 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, and there are 20 presentations in a single night. Snappy!

Devised by Tokyo-based Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture in 2003, the idea of Pecha Kucha nights spread virally and are now held regularly in more than 100 cities around the world.

This will be the 12th Pecha Kucha night in Sydney. Confirmed presenters include Lacoste + Stevenson architect David Stevenson, artist George Khut and Triple J programmer and presenter Craig Schuftan. More will be announced here as they are confirmed.

Thursday 6 August, 6.30–9.30pm | Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh | $10


9 out of 10 robots will kill you

Who could resist the combination of robots and movies? Only something with milky android circulatory fluid flowing through its veins.

Tom Barker will be looking at the future of robots and humanoid design for the 21st century through the medium of movies featuring robots, sentient computers and androids. Selections include Metropolis (1927), Modern Times (1936), Forbidden Planet (1956), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Westworld (1973), Dark Star (1974), The Stepford Wives (1975), the Star Wars franchise (1977–2005), Blade Runner (1982), The Terminator (1984), RoboCop (1987) and I, Robot (2004). Read the rest of this entry »

Specs appeal: Kelly Thompson’s geek girls

In exhibition, illustration on 1 July 2009 at 1:01 pm

Kelly Thompson, MaggieKelly Thompson, Maggie

Geek girls are hot because there’s nothing sexier than brains. For every geek girl who spent her formative years buckling down with school books before blossoming into a smart woman comes Kelly Thompson’s new suite of drawings.

They’re being exhibited from tomorrow night at Melbourne’s Gorker Gallery under the title Bookworms Never Go to Bed Alone.

Kelly Thompson, MaryKelly Thompson, Mary

They remind me of Alberto Vargas’ famous Varga Girls, with a 21st century attitude. In a digital world where the geeks reign supreme, these women are both sexy and empowered. Read the rest of this entry »