and Performer profiles in
no particular order.
have a diverse range of guest speakers, including a number of internationally
recognised leaders in their respective fields.
fact that there are so many women presenters is a complete coincidence, not
an indication of bias because the Festival's being run by a female....
Oh OK, so maybe I am a bit biased. Girl power!
note: some invited speakers in the Film and TV Industries will
be confirming their involvement later in the year when their production
for December are known. Also, there will be a lot more local Guest
Speakers as I'm keen to showcase the amazing work being done here
in Perth, but they also have yet to be confirmed.
is a character animator from Germany who is leading the life
of a ‘digital nomad’ traveling through countries
and continents to work on exciting feature films and TV commercials.
of her past projects include the Academy Award winning feature
film ‘Happy Feet’, the stereoscopic 3D animated feature ‘Fly
Me to the Moon’ and the TV commercial for the blockbuster
those of you lucky enough to attend Sue's talk for WAnimate
in 2005, you'll already know what an engaging speaker she
is. As a supervisor of Character Animation at Dreamworks
Animation, Sue has worked on a number of high profile animated
is also an internationally acclaimed teacher of ATS Bellydance,
with a stong connection to the Western
Australian bellydance scene. This passion shows through
in her work - keep your eye out for the bellydance moves
the lemurs in Madagascar. Sue's most recently released
feature is Shrek the Third.
is the Lead Game Designer on MySims at EA's Sims Division.
In her copious spare time, she's finishing a PhD
at Northwestern University, studying Artificial Intelligence
and Video Games.
That may sound suprising to some. Games are often considered
crude - different from other art forms. But in just over 40 years
they have changed the way we think about computers, theater,
television and film. They redefine how we consume (and produce)
entertainment. To expand their expressive capabilities, we must
solve some non-trivial problems.
year brings us closer to new solutions... in academia and development
alike. By participating in these two cultures, Robin
hopes to support and sustain cross-disciplinary/cross-pollinating
is a Finnish media+live cinema artist, teacher, investigator
and cultural activist residing in Barcelona.
recently completed Masters thesis on Live Cinema has been widely
acknowledged as the best resource available to date on this rapidly
evolving field. She has performed and conducted workshops in
the US, Canada, UK, Spain, Finland and more.
is a media artist, visualist, composer, writer, and teacher.
He is the creator and editor of createdigitalmusic.com and createdigitalmotion.com,
sites for digital technologists, and runs Create Digital Media.
These communities embrace a new wave of live performance technology,
including DIY controllers and custom software, hacked and repurposed
games and mobile devices, and visual instruments
and experimental motion graphics.
is also a contributor to Macworld, Make, Keyboard, and other
publications, and author of Real World Digital Audio (Peachpit
Press). He has been a Digital Fellow at Dance Theater Workshop,
a resident at the Corporation of Yaddo, and presented work
at festivals including the Boston CyberArts Festival / Ideas
in Motion. He regularly teaches media and technology.
is completing a PhD in music composition at the City University
of New York Graduate Center with a research emphasis on expressive
technologies and visualizing music in virtual space.
Video Art Panel - Wednesday 5th December 6-9pm; Plug
n Play Thurs 6th Dec 9pm-midnight, and documenting
throughout the event. Hanging out in the Interface - ask him
of the above! Status: Confirmed.
Elliott combines first class cultural, industry, business and
political awareness. She is widely recognised as one of the
most successful and effective leaders of Australian media in
industry development, political representation, and advocacy.
February 2002 – July 2006, Megan was the Executive Director
of the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) and the Australian
Writers’ Guild Collecting Society (AWGACS). In this role
she increased the visibility of the AWG across industry, public
and government; she successfully developed and implemented
a highly successful organisational strategy which ensured that
the AWG has a sound financial basis for future growth; extended
the organisation’s national and international networks;
increased sponsorship and developed long-term sponsor relationships;
increased membership by more than 30% during the biggest production
slump the film and television industries have experienced in
a decade; and motivated and energised the membership to become
active participants in the organisation’s successes.
background encompasses creative industries project management
for the European Union; industry development and organising
for performing artists; and she herself is a recognised contemporary
performance maker, industry writer and event producer.
has been a member of the Australian Screen Council’s
Policy Forum; the Australian Screen Council Working Party;
the Policy Research Group of the International Affiliation
of Writers’ Guilds; a member of Australia’s UNESCO’s
cultural network; and a board member of CREATE Australia.
Poole is a Melbourne based writer and video producer, especially
interested in live audiovisual manipulation, and methods of
combining animation with video. Creator of Skynoise.net, he
teaches digital media @ various Melbourne Universities.
on a 6 month video residency in Istanbul, Turkey with artificialeyes.tv,
he has recently added many European audiovisual performances
to a long list of festival gigs up and down the East coast
Cinema event, Plug n Play and outdoor
projection shennanigans Status:Confirmed.
David Wolf (aka dpwolf) is a digital media artist
who's work focusses on the production of interactive, network
based video works and performances. He recently completed his
Master of Arts at RMIT in Melbourne. His research looked at the
changes in audio-visual production methods associated with the
use of real time interactive, network-aware software.
part of his research David creates programs designed for use
video performance (VJing).
has performed at festivals and events such as The Melbourne
International Film Festival, Liquid
Architecture, Electrofringe, Straight Out of Brisbane, The
Melbourne International Arts Festival and has web based works
at NewMediaFest and MonteVideo.
n Play, outdoor projection shennanigans Status:Confirmed.
Grant Muir) has been a predominant figure on the Australian
and international VJ scene for over 8 years. His visuals never
fail to prove innovative and creative with his blending of
old and new technologies, stunning graphics and amazing live
footage. His unique performance video style has seen him working
with a HUGE list of international Djs of all genres (Luke Slater,
Eric Morillo, Carl Cox, LTJ Bukem, DJ craze, Sasha & Digweed
and many, many more) and at festivals all over Australia & the
world. Unlike other VJs, MoRpH has an energetic stage presence
that is reflected in his mixing, blending performance with
creation in a flurry of motion.
recently returned from a very successful tour of the UK and
Europe, including rave reviews from Europe's best DJs, VJs
and Live acts, and events already booked for a followup tour
in '07 Morph is truly at the top of international VJing circles.
+ Fenris (aka
Chris McCormick and Paul Eterovich) joined forces in late 2001
to assemble an array of vintage hardware and custom software.
They kick out the jams with their own brand of experimental
yet foxy electro tunes for the discerning geek. Twin Commodore
64s attack, ducking and weaving through a barrage of crunched
out breakbeats, samples, loops and turntable trickery.
Severed Heads are one of the few bands to actually justify being
called a multimedia band. Their brand of electronic music defies
categorisation, veering playfully between pop and experimental, the
dance floor and the film score. But they also make their own videos,
do their own graphic design, maintain their web site themselves and
design virtual worlds. They have been published and publish themselves
on a variety of media (audio, visual, print and online) and continue
their search for new ways to present their ideas. From the pub to
the TV and radio studio, from the gallery to the outdoor festival,
from the internet to the night club, while the world may not necessarily
be blessed with their fame, Severed Heads have made their mark.
Although they have flirted with commercial success, their underlying
philosophy has always been experimental, and has seen the band
adopting many new technologies (though not always the fashionably
expected ones) well before these technologies became popular in
the mainstream. From an early usage of computer graphics in their
live shows, live video (featuring a custom-built video synthesiser)
and video releases, a CD-ROM release, through to downloadable songs
and videos, and custom releases on recordable CD and DVD. In fact,
Severed Heads were so far ahead of the MP3 fad that at one point
they released a CD-R containing almost their entire back-catalogue
compressed using MP2.
his spare time he is a director of the Oxygen
Kiosk, a web studio which also has its hand in the development
of CreateDigitalMotion and CreateDigitalMotion. He is the second
half of CreateDigitalMedia alongside NY Digital Creator Peter
making activities more fun and playful, we believe that games
can be used to better engage people in a variety of settings.
The games we build can be used to strengthen communities, enliven
and celebrate public space, or to build skills and facilitate
Dice was founded by David Fono, a game designer and computer
whiz kid, and Kate Raynes-Goldie, a social web and community
Town - pervasive cross-media game Status:Confirmed thanks
to their sponsors
Rob Antulov is co-founder and CEO of 3eep, a recently
Australian sports-oriented social network,
which offers passionate sports players, fans, coaches and administrators
the ability to take their real-world conversations into an online
Rob is also currently Executive Director at Perceptric
Media and operates a strategic advisory practice, MediaNext,
offering guidance to companies, from early stage to corporate,
on issues associated with convergence in media and technology.
Until recently Rob
was Director of Strategy at Fairfax Media Ltd, responsible
for Fairfax’s corporate direction on strategic
growth, media convergence and digital expansion. He was a key
member of the team that assessed corporate opportunities in media
sectors including newspapers, magazines, free-to-air television,
digital and traditional radio, online classifieds, Pay TV, datacasting
is a young entrepreneur and co-founder of Perth social web
start-up, Buzka. His creative background combined with technical
aptitude and unique understanding of social interaction enables
him to lead projects and teams beyond conceived boundaries.
Jinnan also oversees the development of strategic communication
projects at Modus Operandi for many innovative local and national
brands including Leeuwin Estate, BHP and West Surfing.
his days at Curtin were cut short, Jinnan actively fostered
student-industry networking through student group Orange Zucchini.
He is a firm believer in Perth's creative potential and passionate
supporter of local community and industry development.
recent travels have taken him from Silicon Valley to Sydney,
Brighton to Beijing, and he will share some insights learnt
from his journey into the world of the social web.
Martin Davidson (BA Graphic Design): In 2005
Martin established Finn Cragg with business partner Lyn Hawkins
to publish his animated stories and develop multimedia resources
to engage students in creative storytelling.
Cragg has enjoyed national success with their first title "Caravan" and
the recently launched "Emu and the Flying Doctor." Martin
creates all aspects of Finn Cragg's content from story development
to visual design, animation and sound production.
many of Finn Cragg's Teacher Workshops in Digital Storytelling
and is a
popular presenter at schools, Education conferences and Professional
Speaker @ from
Far Far Away with Sue Erokan (Shrek) 6pm, Thursday 6th
Status:Confirmed, thanks to FinnCragg
working for several small Perth animation studios, Stephen
Grant started to work his way through the traditional 2D animation
including the Amblin studio in London (American Tale 2),
but primarily at the Walt Disney Animation Studio in Sydney,
where I worked on many and various TV shows and Videos (including
Darkwing Duck, Bonkers, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Lion
King 2, Another Goofy Movie, and many more - sounds like a
late night Readers Digest ad, doesn't it.)
returning to Perth, Stephen discovered a new way of animating
using Macromedia Flash, and was subsequently employed
by Animation Works on season 2 of John Callahan's
Quads, and Dogstar.
currently lives in Perth with his wife and 2 sons, and ekes
out his life animating for anyone, whether they want him
to or not.
is an independent designer and animator specializing
in production of engaging online content. After
several years working for other companies, Randall
established Liquid Amber Design in 2004, a creative studio
offering a hybrid
of film, art and design disciplines. Liquid Amber’s profile
has grown considerably since it’s inception due to strong
client referrals and effective methods of self promotion through
the Internet. The studio is currently producing online animations
for San Francisco & New York based companies.
Through Liquid Amber, Randall has created, produced
and directed a number of internationally acclaimed
short films such as ‘Suicidal
Balloon’, winning Best Entertainment web site in the
prestigious 2004 American Web Marketing Association Awards.
Randall recently attended the Melbourne International Animation
Festival to premiere, promote and present a lecture on his
recent award winning film, ‘Ransis & Alee’.
Randall will be speaking about the importance of self-promotion
as an effective tool towards gaining exposure for yourself
and your projects, particularly in relation to promoting short
suffers from permanent Mondayitis; has a crush on a guy who
doesn’t know she exists and is a stickler for returning
DVDs on time – she’s Girl Friday, the “I’ll
try anything once” gal and the main character of Australia’s
newest comedy series. ....more
started promoting parties as part of the EMAS university
group in Perth, W.A. in 1996, which gave him a deep understanding
of the requirements for a successful event. Instead of joining
the bandwagon and becoming a dj, he investigated the little
known art of vj'ing, which resonated with his visual interpretation
of the world.
first encounter with computer graphics was with computer based
programs like arkaos, and "scene
demos", aswell as xmix- videos. His first vj gig was
at a dance party in 1999 with DJ Aphrodite using a VHS player,
a single PC and a basic vision mixer. Since then he has continued
to perform at a number of regular nights and special events.
For a number of years he was the regular vj for Delirium
and Loaded Dice, Two of the biggest promoters in perth -
Ministry of sound, Gatecrasher, mixmag etc, As a result he
have performed with a number of the worlds leading dj's,
to name a few: Sasha, Jeff mills, Q-bert, Dillinja, Naughty
by Nature, stanton warriors, Andy C, Green Velvet, infusion,
Itchy and Scratchy etc..
PiedPiper has always been an active member of several internet
forums devoted to the art of VJj'ing
(vjcentral.com) as well as giving a VJ seminar
for the deuce collective and ArtRage in 2004.
2005 VJ PiedPiper started the OpenTZT project
has resulted in a leading vj application being open sourced and FREE for
the community. Currently PiedPiper is living in Melbourne
Australia where he performs
at a monthly night called "Fromage" at the popular and very vj
friendly bar known as "Loop"! Headed to Northern hemisphere at
the end of the year, PiepPiper is set to take his Vj'ing to New York City,
Toronto, and London
n Play and perhaps Closing Party Status: Confirmed
Video Games is an independent developer creating original titles
for multiple platforms. Leveraging open source software and
procedural techniques, PodSix aims to create aesthetically
pleasing games that are great fun to play.
Space appearances - ask her about women in animation, film
and TV. Status:Confirmed
Greg Lawrence) can best be described as an electronic musician
fascinated with the technological future. His compositions,
which journey through different dance music genres, are gently
bathed in futuristic atmospheres and melodies underpinned by
synthetic beats perfectly suited to a Sci-Fi soundtrack.
Party and perhaps Plug
n Play - Perth PnP regular, both as a performer
and mentor in local electronica scene. Status: Likely. May be
available for other gigs and workshops - eg intro
to electronic music.
of the 2007 W.A.M.I. and 2007 W.A.S.A. for ‘Best Music
Video’, Steve McCallum has gained a great reputation
for being an outstanding video director. Getting the green
Light from over East record companies, Steve’s video’s
for bands such as The Silents, Red Jezabel and Snowman have
played a huge role in boosting these bands national success.
With copious amounts of hits on Myspace, and continuous rotation
on Rage, Steve is a man worth listening to about getting your
has undoubtedly gained the reputation as one of this Countries
most Prolific Bands. With multiple national tours, Numerous
Industry Awards and a Mind Blowing live show, Snowman is
a band with great integrity for presenting their art. The
off their debut self titled album (directed by Steve McCallum)
have turned heads across the country. Now Collaborating
with artist Matt Doust on the artwork for their second
album, Snowman member Joe McKee is a musician who knows
how to collaborate
with other artist from different fields.
age 16 Mat de Koning made his first independently produced
skate film. Since leaving high school he has gone on to collaborate
with many West Australian Artist, Musicians, Skateboarders
and Actors to create a distinguished body of Shorts, Doco’s,
Music Video’s, Skate Films and Experimental Projects.
2008 Mat enters his final Year of filming for his feature Length
Rocumentary, ‘Meal Tickets’. With over 300
hours of footage shot so far, the film will be a visually explosive
and in depth look at Art, Music, Love, Friendship and Rivalry
between Several Artist chasing the dream.
de Koning is a huge supporter of Projects that involve the
between artists from different fields. Come done
to ‘Music Video Art’ on Wed the 5th December to get
inspired about creating massive projects that lift the bar on
the artistic output of Perth!
PixelMonkey is a collaboration between Gareth Lockett and Kerry-Jean
Watson who bring diverse skills such as art, photograph and writing
to their short films.
A passion for good story telling drives PixelMonkey to create
entertaining and inspirational films for people of all age groups.
Cotton Tales is a 2 minute, 3d animated short film created by
PixelMonkey.The film took 5 weeks to create for the 19th Annual
WA Screen Awards where it placed 3rd 'People's Choice Award' as
well as nominated in the 'Best Animation Production'.
It also enjoyed success at the Nullarbor Demoparty Competition
at the GO3 Gaming Convention 2007, winning first place in the Animation
Cotton Tales was also
listed in the Australian Film Commission's (AFC) "Australian Short Films 2006/07" guide.
Reel screening and also meeting people in the
Interface - ask
them about animation Status: Confirmed.
Juan originates from
Mexico where he studied Computer Science focusing on programming & database
administration. Juan was working as a computer programmer at
Televisa Broadcast Company as a Project
Manager, when he decided to diversify his talents by completing
Diploma in Computer Graphics Animation at Mexico's first animation
school, Eunoia Animation School. Upon finishing his studies,
Juan's career in broadcast animation grew rapidly working in
one of the
best studios in Latin America, Cluster Animation Studios doing
modelling, rigging, character animation and lighting.
In August 2004 Juan relocated to Perth Australia, and immediately
started teaching in the SAE 3D Department as well as free lancing
for Mushmedia, Mango Blue, David Downie Studio and Siamese Studio.
His commercial work has included clients such a Nestle, Pepsi,
Coca Cola, Corona Beer, Loreal and campaigns such as ECU Break
the Mould Campaign, Lotterywest, Home Building and Bankwest.
Juan has also work for the film industry, for example: FX for Ransis & Alee,
Best Animation Film and Nominated for best VFX WA Screen Awards
2006; for Hidden Creatures, 30 min. Drama, Official Selection of
Sydney International Film Festival; previz character animation
for Awaken, short animated film produced by David Gould Studios;
FX for Dogstar, 30min, 26 episodes TV series and the documentary
Dangerous Encounter, for National Geographic production.
Currently Juan is halfway through the Diploma in Advance Studies
of Character Animation at Animationmentor.com; as well as participating
with Mango Blue doing character animation for Time Hackers, 13
x 30 minute Children's Sci-fi Drama Series produced by Taylor Media
(AU) and Gibson Group (NZ).
a 27 year old French traveller, graphics and textile designer.
in Paris, she takes her inspiration through very different
cultures such as Japanese, African or French.
innocence and awareness of multiculturalism, she is now exploring
the Aussie way of creating human artistic events.
Program Sokina designed for BM!F (Coming Soon)
people in the
Interface - ask her about graphic design Status: Confirmed
of Kat Black (VJ kattyb) and Jasper Cook (VJ
collect vintage equipment. We VJ. We tour. We run Plug
n Play Perth.
author of the
VJ Book said we're 'influential
VJs with a
rare mix of
(blah, blah)...' but that's probably because we plied
him with cocktails after he came to one of our gigs in the
n Play - Perth PnP organisers. Status: We're running this thing, so I think
you can safely assume we're confirmed.... it's cheaper
than paying other people, you know.
an independant digital content developer. Her product the Golden
Tarot has been voted one of the 'top ten tarot decks of all
time' for 2004, 2005 and 2006 and is both popular and critically
acclaimed - retaining a 5-star average review after three years
of sales on Amazon.
recently, she has been developing content for mobile phones
and hopes to combine the two with
her new product under development, Tarot Cielo - a digitally
collaged tarot deck designed primarily for use as a mobile-subscriber
product. Oh, and she is me - your friendly local Festival
Speaker talk if needed. More likely, just
hanging round at the Interface in case anyone
wants to talk about publishing, piracy, copyright, digital
collage, mobile phone development
etc. Please don't ask me about 'fortune telling' though. You
wouldn't like me when I'm angry, and that's sure to do it! Status: Will definitely talk in person. Meh, I'm
gonna be there anyway.