Ms Jane Shadbolt


School of Design Communication and IT

Career Summary


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.

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.

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


  • Master of Animation, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communications), University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Film and Television), Australian Film, Television & Radio School


  • Animation
  • Experimental design
  • Graphic design
  • Image making
  • Metalepsis
  • Motion graphics
  • Special Effects
  • Stop motion animation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190104 Visual Cultures 20
190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified 20
190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2011 -  Membership - Australian Production Designers Guild Australian Production Designers Guild



Year Award
2012 The Encore/APGD Award for Design on a Short Film
Australian Production Designers Guild



Year Title / Rationale
2012 Film Festival Screenings
Organisation: Film Festival Selections Description: Festivals 2012 / LA Indie Film Festival / Las Angeles / USA 2012 / St Kilda Film Festival / Melbourne / Australia / Nominated: BEST ANIMATION 2012 / Dungog Film Festival / Dungog / Australia 2012 / Pineapple Underground Film Festival / Hong Kong 2012 / CineGlobe / CERN / Geneva / Switzerland 2012 / Melbourne International Animation Festival / Melbourne 2012 / Australian International Animation Festival / Melbourne 2012 / WOW Film Festival / Tricky Women Animation Screening / Sydney 2012 / Flickerfest / Sydney / Australia / IN COMPETITION 2011 / St Louis International Film Festival / St Louis / USA 2011 / Lady Filmmakers Film Festival / Beverly Hills / USA 2011 / Australian Animation and Effects Festival / Sydney / Australia / Nominated: BEST ANIMATION


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (1 outputs)

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

Creative Work (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Brooker CJ, Cross K, Minichiello M, Roxburgh M, Howells A, Atkins D, et al., Making it Known, (2015)
Co-authors Mark Roxburgh, Mike Mcauley, Michael Dickinson, Daniel Atkins, Mario Minichiello, Andrew Howells, Caelli Brooker
2015 Shadbolt J, Boulton K, Going on 16 - Daniel Johns, Sydney Australia (2015)
2011 Shadbolt JB, The Cartographer, Sydney, Australia (2011) [J1]
2009 Shadbolt JB, Map 9 K11 exhibited at Mapping Sydney: Experimental Cartography and the Imagined City, Sydney, NSW, Australia (2009) [J2]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $85,000

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20091 grants / $5,000

New Staff Grant 2009$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Jane Shadbolt
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189921
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20081 grants / $80,000

The Cartographer$80,000

A short stop motion animation

Funding body: Screen Australia

Funding body Screen Australia
Project Team

Jane Shadbolt

Scheme Professional Development grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2011
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Total current UON EFTSL


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Exploring the Panel: Producing a Feature Length, Horror-Themed Motion Comic Based on a Comic Book and Screenplay.
PhD (Design), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
2010 PhD The Odes of Nature: Exploring the Cognitive and Botanical Images in Response to the Book of Songs (Shi Jing)
PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle


UON students animate another quirky clip

May 17, 2016

Aussie band Peking Duk struck gold when they convinced Orange Is The New Black legend Matt McGorry to star in their clip for Say My Name, and now a group of UON animation students have turned the band’s work into rotoscoped technicolour.

Ms Jane Shadbolt


School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4921 6369


Room 226
Building Design
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308