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UON Student wins Animate Daniel Johns competition

Thursday, 6 August 2015

On Friday July 31, in front of a sold out crowd at the Tower Cinemas in Newcastle, the animated clip for Daniel Johns' Going On 16 had its music video global premiere on the big screen at the opening night of the second Newcastle International Animation Festival.

37 Newcastle animators were selected to participate in the Animate Daniel Johns Competition and over two intensive weeks, they hand-animated 2494 individual frames of the clip to create something extraordinary.

Festival organiser and UON Lecturer in Visual Communication, Jane Shadbolt, said this year's event was an exciting mix of phenomenal international animated films and a unique collaborative project of some of Newcastle's best animators including 33 UON students and recent graduates.

"Local creative agency and festival sponsor Guts Creative approaching Newcastle-born singer/songwriter Daniel Johns to produce a music video is the highlight of the festival and will provide our local animation talent exposure on an international stage," says
Ms Shadbolt.

Guts Creative, who is currently working on segment concepts for world-renowned TV program Sesame Street from Newcastle, curated the Animate Daniel Johns Competition to produce the final cohesive animated music video.

Guts Creative Director Kelly Boulton said it has been a great, collaborative project. "From a huge number of entrants, the 37 skilled animators who made the cut furiously created their section of the final video, and we can't wait to unleash this talent and their work on the world," said Ms Boulton.

"Daniel was really open to the idea of a local collaboration and loved how animators used their imagination to bring his track to life."

Jane Shadbolt is proud to see her students involved in the clip and said it is great industry experience working under the guidance and support of professionals in the space. 

The winner of the Animate Daniel Johns Competition was chosen by Daniel Johns and the creative team behind the festival. "I've always enjoyed stuff that's a bit trippy and surreal and there's plenty of that happening in these animations; they're the perfect visual accompaniment for a song like this," Daniel said.

Competition winner, University of Newcastle student, Dan Smith was elated by his achievement.

"All the animators that worked on the clip did an amazing job, particularly under the time constraints. I'm stoked to have won," said Mr Smith.

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