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Career Summary

Biography

Jane Shadbolt is a designer and animator. She is the director of the short stop motion animation The Cartographer, winner of two awards at the Australian Production Designer Guild Awards, which has screened at numerous international festivals. She has worked as a freelancer on feature and short films. She joined the Design department at the University of Newcastle in 2008.

Qualifications

  • Master of Animation, University of Technology Sydney, 15/08/2008
  • Bachelor of Arts (Film and Television), Australian Film, Television & Radio School, 01/05/1998
  • Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communications), University of Technology Sydney, 19/04/1994

Research

Research keywords

  • Animation
  • Metalepsis
  • Special Effects
  • Stop motion animation

Research expertise

My research investigates the relationship between stop motion animation and special effects in live action cinema. It looks at ideas of illusion and the visual representation of the impossible through theory and practice.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190200Film, Television And Digital Media60
190599Visual Arts And Crafts Not Elsewhere Classified20
190104Visual Cultures20

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australian Production Designers Guild

Awards

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2012The Encore/APGD Award for Design on a Short Film
Australian Production Designers Guild (Australia)
An annual award from the national accreditation body for Australian Production Designers

Invitations

Film Festival Screenings
Film Festival Selections ( )
2012

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Experimental design
  • Graphic design
  • Image making
  • Motion graphics

Teaching expertise

My teaching covers image making, graphic design and motion graphics.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Shadbolt JB, The Cartographer, -, Sydney, Australia (2011) [J1]

Research Background Stop motion animation is a filmic form where the combination of miniaturized worlds and stylized movement create a particular and specific affect. Contemporary digital production techniques have significantly expanded the visual vocabulary of independent film makers, allowing the creation of more ambitious and complex filmic worlds. The Cartographer is a short stop motion animated film that uses a hybrid analogue-digital form to explore narrative ideas about place and identity through an innovative combination of the handmade and the high tech. Research Contribution This research explores a hybrid visual style that combines traditional stop motion animation, a form that traditionally celebrates the handmade and the miniature with emerging digital technology. Using a combination of traditional puppet animation and digitally composited backgrounds the production was able to expand the visual scope of the film to bring a cinematic storytelling style to the visually rich medium of stop motion animation, exploiting the narrative capacity of both forms. Research Significance The Cartographer was a very successful short film, the bold visual style was recognised by the Australian Production Designers Guild in 2011 with awards for Best Design in a Short Film and Best VFX. It was selected for screenings at highly competitive international short film festivals and additionally was successful as an animation at predominantly live action festivals, a genre crossover that points to the success of its sophisticated storytelling techniques. Screenings at diverse festivals such as CERN, St Kilda and Aesthetica point to its diverse audience reach. The film was supported at the post production stage by a Screen Australia Professional Development grant and has been distributed by Flickerfest.

Publications

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Journal article (1 outputs)

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2013Shadbolt JB, 'Parallel Synchronized Randomness: Stop-motion Animation in Live Action Feature Films', Animation Studies Online Journal, 8 1-10 (2013) [C1]

Creative Work (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Shadbolt JB, The Cartographer, -, Sydney, Australia (2011) [J1]

Research Background Stop motion animation is a filmic form where the combination of miniaturized worlds and stylized movement create a particular and specific affect. Contemporary digital production techniques have significantly expanded the visual vocabulary of independent film makers, allowing the creation of more ambitious and complex filmic worlds. The Cartographer is a short stop motion animated film that uses a hybrid analogue-digital form to explore narrative ideas about place and identity through an innovative combination of the handmade and the high tech. Research Contribution This research explores a hybrid visual style that combines traditional stop motion animation, a form that traditionally celebrates the handmade and the miniature with emerging digital technology. Using a combination of traditional puppet animation and digitally composited backgrounds the production was able to expand the visual scope of the film to bring a cinematic storytelling style to the visually rich medium of stop motion animation, exploiting the narrative capacity of both forms. Research Significance The Cartographer was a very successful short film, the bold visual style was recognised by the Australian Production Designers Guild in 2011 with awards for Best Design in a Short Film and Best VFX. It was selected for screenings at highly competitive international short film festivals and additionally was successful as an animation at predominantly live action festivals, a genre crossover that points to the success of its sophisticated storytelling techniques. Screenings at diverse festivals such as CERN, St Kilda and Aesthetica point to its diverse audience reach. The film was supported at the post production stage by a Screen Australia Professional Development grant and has been distributed by Flickerfest.

2009Shadbolt JB, Map 9 K11 exhibited at Mapping Sydney: Experimental Cartography and the Imagined City, DAB LAB, Sydney, NSW, Australia (2009) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$85,000

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2009 (1 grants)

New Staff Grant 2009$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Jane Shadbolt
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020092009
GNo:G0189921

2008 (1 grants)

The Cartographer$80,000
Funding Body: Screen Australia

SchemeRole
Professional Development grantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$80,00020082011
GNo:179082489
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20102017PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Co-SupervisorThe Odes of Nature: Exploring the Cognitive and Botanical Images in Response to the Book of Songs (Shi Jing)
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Ms Jane Shadbolt

Work Phone(02) 4921 6369
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
226,
Design,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/jane-shadbolt