Tuesday 12th March
The 21st Amendment
11/663 Newcastle St, Leederville
Western Australian animation had a chance to shine at the recent screening and awards for the 3|Thirty Animation competition. The event, organized by the WAnimate group, asked entrants from Western Australia to take three months to conceive, produce, create, execute and deliver thirty seconds of animation excellence. The inspirational word or concept a.k.a. “the 3|Thirty ID” was “Box”. The categories were Secondary students, Tertiary students and Open.
When it came time to judge the entrants, the competition received only Tertiary and Open animations. Perhaps the end-of-year production period was not conducive to secondary entrants. The entries were assessed by judges who were based locally, nationally and internationally. These discerning folk were: Patricio Ducaud – animator/digital artist, Andrew Gordon – leading Pixar animator, Dave McDonnell – director Last Pixel, Andrew Silke – 3D animator/filmmaker and Nathan Stone – director Double Barrel VFX.
Tickets were available for $10 to cover the costs of catering. The event itself was held at Event Cinemas, Innaloo, Monday 17 December. The evening began at 6pm when guest rolled up to the VIP room to discuss the state of the state’s animation industry, eat some excellent canape and drink at the pop-up bar. By 7pm everyone was assembled in Cinema 10.
The show was kicked off by WAnimate Committee member (he’s the VP) and Sandbox Productions guru Grady Habib. Next to him were positioned the three hand-made wooden “loot boxes” that the prizes were stored in. Grady ran through the ten-year history of the group, mentioned the community, not-for-profit and industry aims of WAnimate and introduced the committee members to the front of the stage. They introduced themselves to the audience by explaining some of what they do in industry and education.
The second part of the evening was hosted by WAnimate (and North Metro TAFE’s) Phil Jeng Kane. He rocked a Hawaiian shirt and a ponytail and assured the audience his mid-life crisis was going well. The idea was to introduce animators to speak to the room and screen their entry. Once the category was completed, then the award for that category was given. The first category was Tertiary entries. The second category was Open entries. As there was no Secondary category, a WAnimate Choice award was given for an entry that showed strong story-telling, technical and production values. (See list below).
After the awards were given and the entries screened, Grady Habib returned to thank sponsors and remind the audience of the upcoming WAnimate social meet-up in January and the next WamBam 48-hour animation event mid-year. Keep your eyes peeled for those! The night finished with the entrants, winners, friends and family mingling in the hall. Animation networking and chatting was happening right here in Western Australia.
WAnimate would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters including Event Cinemas, Screenwest, Dell, Wacom, Maxon, Digistor, Sandbox Productions, Red Bird Creative, AccessReel, Roadshow, Disney Pixar and Aquixel Studios.
All entries can be viewed here
|Tertiary Winners - The Unreachable Note||Open Winners - The Shadow Oasis||WAnimate Choice Winner - Box (Laverne Moi)|
The WAM BAM animation competition was re-launched and run recently over the weekend of July 20-22. It was the first WAM BAM in five years. The competition began over a decade ago in Fremantle where it was held at the Film and Television Institute, then it moved north of the wall to Joondalup TAFE. After a hiatus for both it and the WAnimate group, the WAM BAM has returned to encourage and inspire the Western Australian animation community in a gladiatorial, yet friendly, event.
The WAM BAM always begins with each team selecting three-words out of hat. This time the words were chosen from three categories: Animal, Character Trait and Colour. These words were then used as a creative guide to the conception, making and completion of a short animation over a 48-hour period.
There were 15 teams who delivered 13 animations. Four of the teams were solo animators and the remaining teams had three to five members. The teams came from media and animation businesses as well as training and education institutions such as North Metropolitan TAFE, Curtin, Murdoch and SAE. This was the largest gathering of animators for a WAM BAM ever and reflected a diverse range of talents and levels of expertise.
WAnimate organisers noted the differences between this competition and the ones of the past was that entrants brought all their own equipment and had access to software tools that were simply not available previously; microphones, audio recording devices, additional keyboards was some of the equipment that was also part of the WAM BAM for first time.
Murdoch University’s Launchpad space at the Geoffrey Bolton Library was where the teams assembled on the Friday night to pick out their three-words and then hunker down to make plans and brainstorm the animations. This went on until late. Entrants returned at seven on Saturday morning and got down to it. On Saturday night, some of the teams slept over so they could get a jump on the next day’s work and everyone had to deliver by 6.30 on the Sunday evening.
The two days of the event were very much about the work. There was a great deal of focus and intense labour from the animators who were fuelled on coffee and snacks. Organisers and entrants were impressed with the size, amenities, furnishing and design of the Murdoch venue. The AARNet access and the profusion of USB ports and power-points made it easy for the teams to get on with the process of animation.
On Sunday evening the judges assembled. They were animators Andrew Buckley, and Steve Grant and X-Press writer David O’Connell. They deliberated for an hour before arriving at their decisions. The winning entrant was the film “Caramel Narwhal”. The title used two of the three words the team drew out of the hat. (The third word was “tense”) The team called itself Classy Glasses because every member wore glasses. The judges cited the film’s excellent design and continuous story as the reasons for the win. The team members received a cash prize and some excellent goody-bags. The viewing of all the entries took place on the large screen in the Student Hub. Original WAnimate committee members Kate Vyvyan and Ian Tregonning were among those present for the screening.
The quality of the entries and the size of the competition bodes well for the next WAM BAM. Western Australian animators and the animation-adjacent should keep their eyes peeled for WAnimate’s upcoming Three-Thirty Animation Competition which will run later in the year.
The WAnimate committee would like to thank WAM BAM sponsors Sandbox Productions, Comiczone, Event Cinemas, Murdoch University and ScreenWest for their amazing generosity which made this event possible. And excellent.
Watch the 13 completed films of WAM BAM 2018 here