Issue 7 – Winter 1983 Australian animation in the 1970s Bob Hanlon looks at the Australian animation scene. Introducing a new Visual Language John Halas talks about the future of computer animation. What is ASIFA All about this association for professional animators. Edinburgh Film Festival 1983 Neil Carstairs reports on the animation section. The Shadows… Read More »
Animator’s Newsletter Winter 1983 Issue No. 7
A lot has been written about the recent Australian cinema “breakthrough” (as we like to call it). In the early ‘70’s the Australian Government offered attractive incentives to film investors who suddenly found it a worthwhile proposition to make feature-length films in Australia, and about Australians.
The first of the cartoons, A CHRISTMAS CAROL was completed just before Christmas 1969 and shown on television in Australia.
Yoram Gross, an Israeli born animator, who immigrated to Australia after founding an important puppet animation studio in Israel, has produced a considerable number of successes.
Now in production by this studio is a feature that promises to be very special. It’s called ABRA CADABRA.
Take a classic Picasso painting, mix it with Salvador Dali’s melting clocks, combine these in fluid movement, and you have the capability of the latest computer graphics system.
It is common knowledge that the highly labour-intensive visual process of animated film is too expensive, and takes a long time to produce.
But the most satisfactory advance from the visual point of view is the system developed by COMPUTER CREATIONS in South Bend, Indiana, USA.
ASIFA was formed in 1960 by a group of professional animators to co-ordinate and further the interest of this dynamic medium.