HOW LED LIGHTING SAVED PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT.

A few years back when I was living in London I produced animation for the West End musical Priscilla; Queen Of The Desert. The show had a pretty long run in the London’s West End, then moved on to other jurisdictions such as New York’s Broadway, Milan, Buenos Aires and heaps of others. Its been one of the largest jobs I’ve ever done.

The bus was covered in thousands of LED lights that were controlled by a central server back stage. Try to imagine that each LED was a pixel, and when combined with thousands of other LEDs they turned the surface of the bus into a kind of computer monitor (see image below). The bus then had a skin of clear plastic over the top of that was dressed up to look like metal, so when the LEDs were off the bus looked like a normal metal bus. However when the LEDs were on the effect was dynamic. The bus was essentially utilised as a sort of animated backdrop for the musical numbers.

Anyway… I’ve managed to get a great plug from the theatre and stage magazine Stage Whispers. I did the interview some time ago, but I’m lousy at self marketing.

The link to the article is below….

http://www.stagewhispers.com.au/articles/191/how-led-lighting-saved-priscilla-queen-desert

Priscilla; Queen Of The Desert — The Musical

 

What’s He Building In There?

WHBIT-Test

Test artwork for the book “What’s He Building In There?”

What’s He Building In There? is a picture book about an old man who renovates his house so that it becomes a galactic rocket. The first page goes…

It was… past the shops, past the bell, down the road, go pass the well, over the bridge and through the wood, to the place that stood…

… the house…

… of Ethel Starr, a who was often quite bizarre — The oldest in the village by far. A man of grace, with a kindly face. He lived alone in this place…
… and all the towns-folk said on a whim — “We should probably check on him”.
 
The town’s declaration came one morning, when suddenly, and without warning — everyone discovered, to their surprise, an odd new tower of gigantic size, metal rivets, and shiny chrome had sprouted from the top of Ethel’s home. It all came suddenly and quite unexpected when they saw it had been erected.

 

SHOMI Smartphone App Promo

I wrote, designed, directed and animated this promo for a new startup company, who develop smartphone apps. The first one they developed being SHOMI.

http://shomi.me

I won’t go on to describe what the app does as this nifty animation does it all for me.

The Pacific Climate Animation Project

These animations are part of a larger information-kit compiled to educate communities in Vanuatu and other Pacific communities regarding the threat of El Niño and La Niña and climate change in their region. It aims to assist Pacific communities to better prepare for disasters in their region. These films focuses on how climate change may amplify some of these extreme weather events.

The films were commissioned by the Australian Red Cross, CSIRO, BOM, and various government organisations of nations throughout the Pacific. I animated and directed these films with my lovely assistant Lindy Lou, and the whole project was produced by Shannon Owen.

Just a quick note that the film above is narrated in the NiVan creole ‘Bislama’.

 

Loop de Loop

Today I posted a loop for the monthly competition Loop de Loop… http://www.loopdeloop.org … The theme for this month is “Frustration“… I had some spare time and I was already fiddling with this plugin I was using on a previous job so I thought I’d give it a go. Anyhoo I enjoyed it.

The loop is a 30 second clip, which loops 6 times. And unofficially I’ve been calling this movie-ette “The Glass Teat“. Which for anyone wondering is a reference to Stephen Kings comments about television being “a glass tit”, from where society gets its cultural, spiritual, and intellectual nourishment. I’d rather go hungry than watch Australian TV.

And for those that want to see more of my animated drivel goto… https://vimeo.com/abitofargybargy

Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) Win

GRISTLE

Last Sunday a film (I made last year), called GRISTLE was awarded Best Film in the Australian Showcase program @ the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF). The screening was on Saturday the 23rd of June and was up against some really great Australian animations so I was pretty chuffed… and there’s a selection of photos from production here… http://www.flickr.com/photos/abitofargybargy …

The Fabulous Adventure Of Mr Murray: The Diary Of An Entrepreneur

A few years ago I completed a short animation entitled The Fabulous Adventure Of Mr. Money; The Diary Of An Entrepreneur. It was 6 minutes long and entirely animated pencil on paper (on an animation disc). The film took about 5 months to create and I did roughly 4000 drawings for it. I still have the ‘Pacer’ I drew this line-work with somewhere. I think I may have framed it. It was one of the most wonderfully satisfying experiences of my life.

“What is it about?” you may well ask … Well read the following…

When worlds collide anything can happen in this offbeat history of colonialism. A gen
tleman of the old crash lands in the midst of the new. Lives are lived and lost, empires rise and fall, battles rage and cash changes hands.