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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

Fri 13 Oct 2017: Animating with Aardman’s Merlin Crossingham

Merlin Crossingham served as an apprentice animator for Aardman before landing his first major job as a key animator on Chicken Run (2000), and since then he’s animated countless more Aardman productions. He has also directed many episodes of Wallace and Gromit, Morph, and Creature Comforts America. Nowadays he’s now Aardman’s Creative Director, and position he describes as mainly involving ensuring there is ‘a good supply of crackers and cheese’.

He still likes to get his hands dirty (with clay) and animate though, and in this special Meet the Makers we’ll be unveiling Merlin’s filmed responses to questions posed by Victorian school students. We guarantee too that he has many a hot tip for young animators and lovers of all things Aardman.


Fri 3 Nov 2017: Indie Filmmaking with Gregory Erdstein & Alice Foulcher

Gregory Erdstein (director/writer) and Alice Foulcher (actor/writer/producer), are the married filmmaking duo behind the indie hit comedy That's Not Me. After sell-out sessions at the recent Melbourne International Film Festival and rave reviews (including 4 star reviews from The Guardian and Time Out), That's Not Me was recently released in cinemas across Australia.

In this session, Greg and Alice will discuss the process of making a low-budget indie film - from script stage, through production and to theatrical self-distribution, with a focus on building an audience via social media.

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.


Past Meet the Makers

Friday September 8 2017: Visual effects composition with Iloura's Dom Hellier

Dom Hellier worked as a digital effects compositor for many years before becoming Compositing Supervisor at Iloura, an animation and visual effects studio based out of Melbourne. With Iloura, Hellier has overseen work on films such as Mad Max: Fury Road as well as TV shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Hellier will be in the ACMI studio to talk about the role of the VFX compositor, what it’s like to work on blockbuster films and award-winning television shows, and how an interest in digital composition can lead to an incredible career. 

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.

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.


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