Category: Inspirations and Weird Finds

Here’s an interesting summary of Neil Postman’s ‘Technopoly’.

Interesting ideas for people interested in technology influenced arts.


Kevin Smith talks about how he’s going to get his new movie out there. M Dot has been talking about self distrib for ages, and this is an extension of that . If you’re interested in eventually creating your own features and not being a studio fuckpuppet, watch this it is very inspirational.


Here’s some interesting work from Robert Seidel for those  interested in abstraction.

“_grau is a personal reflection on memories coming up during a car accident, where past events emerge, fuse, erode and finally vanish ethereally … various real sources where distorted, filtered and fitted into a sculptural structure to create not a plain abstract, but a very private snapshot of a whole life within its last seconds …”

I’ve just finished reading the hefty tome ‘Re-Imagining Animation – the Changing Face of Moving Image’ by Paul Wells and Johnny Hardstaff; and I completely recommend it. It is a look into contemporary animated film as an art form, continuing to change through the digital revolution.

If you are into animation of any form read this book!

The book features studies on works by animators such as:

Joost Rekveld

Steve Reinke

Don Hertzfeldt

Mika Tyyska

Brian Evans


Anouk de Clerq

Pierre Herbert

Joanna Priestley

Eric Dyer

Peter Tscherkassky and plenty of others.


It has writing on different styles and techniques, as well as concepts and ways the art form is moving to new directions and outcomes. So if you work with stop-mo, 3D CGI, cell, 2D, glitch, projection mapping, abstract, figurative, musically orientated, remix, performance based, rotoscoping, zoetroping, flash, combinations and undefinable styles it will be a useful read to you.

I stumbled across it as a misprint(has some weird printing on the back of some pages) in a book store for $20. And i saw it in ACMI(austalian centre for moving image) for $70, so i would avoid museums and boutique stores as they are complete ripoffs. Your best bet to get this book is on amazon for about $36.

This is by far the best book I have read on advanced animation. And as an animator myself it has given me insight into an art form I am quite familiar with.

Check it out.


WOFL 2106

just… watch it!

If you really want to see some of the best of short animations. I recommend torrenting all of the ‘Beltesassar’s Short Animation Festivals‘. They’re plastered all over torrent websites and they will give you a real insight into different styles and techniques of animation. Although under US copyright law it is illegal, I would recommend you check it out anyway. There is no way you can pay for something you don’t know about, but if you do really enjoy any of these animations, think about chasing up their creators up and supporting them by buying more recent work, as most of them are quite poor and working from their bedrooms or tiny studios.  It will also open your eyes to some of the great animators out there and you can learn a lot about what is possible in the short animation format.

Here are a few brilliant shorts from the festival.


This one isn’t in the fests but check it out anyway. It’s really interesting.



Here’s and extremely beautiful piece i stumbled onto the other day. It features some pretty interesting projection mapping and was shot on a DSLR.

Take a look for yourselves.


Of of the more interesting films i’ve seen recently. It’s quite messed up with it’s really good yet unconventional storytelling. I recommend it to all you out there with a spare few hours.


Here’s a little gem for you guys. Some sweet gypsy punk. I’ve got to get learning some of this stuff on my violin.




Hello Comrades!

I’m currently writing this from my home town in country Australia as unfortunately I’m stuck back here for a few weeks. I’m now in holiday mode which means I’ll be starting intensive training soon. I’ll be working my ass off training myself how to do a few things.

This is my wish list for things to learn and perfect over the next few months.


Proper VJing techniques that will help me maintain and manipulate up to 4 layers for at least 1.5 hours. This will include creating over 200 original animations and videos to trigger.

3D Computer Graphics Skills including:

Character Modelling

Character Rigging

Character Animation

Creating better and more interesting 3D worlds which will have me learning proper texturing and advanced 3D lighting.

Start learning how to Circuit Bend.



Finish ‘the Greek Apocalypse of Baruch’

Go hard and finish the collab animation with ‘madskillz james’

Create 2 different visuals for Horse Bazaar’s panoramic projection setup.

Create a hand drawn animation, stylistically similar to …

Complete the groundwork for a projection/ augmented reality short animation.

Create Permian’s debut album.


The biggest thing here is probably creating my debut album. Although I’m also a violinist(don’t play much anymore), I’ve never really done much work with sound and music production, so this will be particularly challenging. I have no doubt in my mind that the album will be shit beyond all comprehension, but it will be hell fun, I will learn a heap + I can throw it up for you all you people!

So as you can see I’ve set myself quite a bit to chew on which is really really exciting for me. I could go out and get a job over summer, probably eat better food and not be so dirt poor, but then I wouldn’t have the free time to really pound on some of these things I’ve been itching at. All I need is a $4 bottle of red, some coffee and a power point to really do what I love.

Anyway, I’m off to have a drink and catch up with an old friend from high school who just got into town.

I’ll leave you tonight with these two little animations that have really made an impression on me. Best of luck with your creative cockhammers(rawwwr).

PERM >>>>