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Meet the makers

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About the program

Discover the creative and technical practice of accomplished and talented professionals. Learn from their experience and get tips for your own creations. 

Upcoming Meet the Makers

Friday July 28 2017: Creating an interactive multi-platform project with Plot Media’s Jamie Houge and Alexandra George.

Plot Media have produced short films, commercials, music videos as well as feature films but their most ambitious project might well be The Westbury Faery - an interactive multi-platform and alternate reality game.

The epic project combines live-action film, found footage, social media, an augmented reality app and an interactive website. Along the way The Westbury Faery has developed its own unique mythology as well as a community of young people who explore, discuss and contribute their own writings. Houge and George will be talking about the challenges involved in making The Westbury Faery, and how multi-platform projects engage audiences in a meaningful and creative way.


Friday August 25 2017: Animating, screenwriting, directing and crowdfunding. Being an all-rounder with Matthew Holmes

Matthew Holmes began his career as a stop-motion animator on own his own short films The Scam (1999), Eggabord & Bacon-Boy (2002) as well other director’s shorts such as Gargoyle (2006) and Woody (2012). More recently though, he’s become better known for his feature film work after writing and directing the bushranger tale The Legend of Ben Hall (2016). Holmes is currently in pre-production on his next epic The Legend of Ned Kelly, the funds for which he is crowdfunding.

Matthew will be talking about making it as in independent filmmaker, how to make low-budget films, and how crowd sourcing is changing how we make films.

Past Meet the Makers

Fri May 19 2017: Performance in Video Game Animation with Tara Allen

Tara Allen is an animator who currently works for Firemonkeys (an EA studio) in Melbourne. She leads a team of animators who bring to life the outrageous Sims for The Sims Freeplay, a mobile free-to-play game. Tara has worked in animation for over 10 years, first starting in television and commercials, then eventually falling in love with animating for video games, bringing the two things together she loves most, animation and playing games. In this videoconference Tara shares her process of creating an animated character, focusing on how she uses performance in the real world as a model for bringing her characters to life.

Fri Apr 28 2017 : The Art of Animation with Kate Cawley
Kate Cawley is a Melbourne-based animator, writer and lecturer. Kate has worked as an animator, director and producer across cultural, commercial and educational projects, as well as illustrating and writing books for children and young adults. Kate is a lecturer in RMIT University’s Masters of Games, Animation and Interactivity (MAGI) program. Discover all the tips and tricks for creating your own animation as Kate shares her expert knowledge and takes us through the production process.

Program schedule

2.00pm Log into meeting room
2.15pm Videoconference begins
2.45pm Q&A
3.00pm Videoconference concludes
Please note: This videoconference and attendees will be recorded and possibly be made available online.



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