• Naturescope videos on show in Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre

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    Works from the danimations online video series Naturescope are on show at Gallery M in Marion Cultural Centre until April 1st. The three episodes are presented as part of a community art exhibition entitled ‘The Demise or Otherwise of South Australia’s Gulfs’. Conceived and wrangled by passionate environmentalists from the Save Our Gulfs Coalition, over 90 artists from around Spencer and St Vincent’s Gulfs responded to the theme in a very diverse range of media and working styles. We were thrilled to be asked to contribute our work, and also produced for the occasion a limited edition DVD featuring the three videos. It is available from the gallery for $15. For more information about the exhibition, visit Gallery M’s website. To see the Naturescope videos without leaving your computer or cellphone, view them on Youtube.

  • danimations supports the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Mighty Swim with online video

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    We love lending our services to worthwhile causes. When we heard about the MS Society of SA and NT’s ‘Mighty Swim’ team marathon fundraiser, our curiousity led us straight into production mode. Dropping into the event for its commencement, a brief spell overnight and again for the 24 hour swim-off’s conclusion, the end result of this lean, improvised single camera shoot can be seen in the two short videos embedded below. In keeping with the theme of accessibility and social inclusion, all our videos are closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Closed captions can be helpful for foreign viewers too who may beĀ unfamiliar with Australian accents! The event was a great thing to be a part of, and we are confident that these online videos will play their part in supporting public awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and this novel fundraising event.

     

  • Cuttlefish Country documentary project expands to feature film proportions

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    Save the Cuttlefish!

    When we first began work on Cuttlefish Country back in August of 2011, we did not forsee the story growing to such scale and complexity. What began as a short documentary project has grown into a full-length feature film project, and we’re thrilled at the prospect. After initially investigating the mystery of the missing Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregation of Upper Spencer Gulf, we decided to extend the scope of the project to include more background on BHP Billiton’s massive proposed Olympic Dam mine expansion. Every answered question led to new questions, and we soon found ourselves compelled to tell the story of the incoming South Australian mining boom and to explore the opportunities and the challenges which lie ahead for mining companies, regional communities, the South Australian Government and the environment.

    The cuttlefish and their plight will still feature prominently in the story, while broader topics are also addressed including groundwater use, energy consumption, the nuclear power debate and infrastructure challenges. Stylistically, the film will feature a diversity of opinion in interviews, many spectacular locations around South Australia, and a significant number of animated sequences, including stop-motion and illustrated styles. The project remains independently funded, and has received no grant monies or external investment. As this project has effectively placed our service business on hold, we appreciate any and all private contributions to our production through the purchasing of campaign merchandise, and in-kind sponsorship. We are striveing for an April 2012 release date, with screening venues and distribution TBC. You can find out more about the project and connect with us on social networks at Cuttlefish Country.