This week Paul Fletcher showcases two recent exhibitions involving animation staff and graduates; the Railway Time Machine and the Hidden Creatures Deep Sea Adventures.
Railways Time Machine
This was an animated Projection Project celebrating 150 years of railways between Bendigo and Melbourne. The work comprised of archival and contemporary photography and video re-animated into 50 minutes of footage for two screens/windows- running evenings and early mornings from June 14 to July 14 2012.
This was created by animation staff Paul Fletcher in collaboration with Robert Stephenson with contributions from 2007 Masters by Coursework Animation Graduate Daniel Agdag (Paper City Architects, and set builder on Mary and Max).
This project involved preparing svga sized video frame in portrait(vertical) mode and then rendering out sideways to project from projectors tipped 90 degree on their side!! ..confused yet. Not only this there is a metre or so space between the two projection windows and arched framing at the top of the window projection screens. Photo Collage Animation and Editing by Paul Fletcher, 2d Figure Animation by Robert Stephenson, Cardboard Train Related Sculptures by Daniel Agdag, Photography in full version from Viv Mehes, Ian Hill, Les Brown Archival images from the State Library of Victoria Archival Video from ABC Open Archives, and Archive.org
Credits: Photography also from Les Brown, Rodney Gaulke, Viv Mehes, Ian Hill. Archival footage and photos from State Library of Victoria, ABC Open Archive, Prelinger Archives. Commissioned by the City of Greater Bendigo, with funding from the State of Victoria, Department of Transport Stakeholder and Community Engagement Division. Project Partners: Public Transport Victoria, City of Greater Bendigo, Discovery Centre, Vline
Hidden Creatures Deep Sea Adventures
This year’s Animated Easter Exhibition submerged the audience in a deep sea inspired sculpture, sound, light and projection installation experience.
Designed by Animation staff Paul Fletcher and Robert Stephenson, with contributions from Masters Coursework Animation graduates Christie Widiarto, Film & TV Staff and Animation short course graduate Min Vavala.
An audiovisual ecosystem concept — a bunch of plants, tiny screens,projection hidden speakers, sculptures, lights and animated lights, sound, video and animation — all assembled with the intent of creating an organic, familiar yet also imaginative, fictional environment in which children, young & older, can race around or sit quietly(?) to investigate, find, name, draw all sorts of creatures.
The Hidden Creatures Exhibition Installation was commissioned directly by the City of Greater Bendigo and first started in the Rosalind Park Fernery in 2008.
A version of this article originally appeared on Channel, the Faculty’s previous publishing platform.