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Documentaries, Lectures & Videos

3D Creature Development Master Class by Alex Alvarez (2010)

Designed after Alvarez's Creature Development course (taught at Hollywood's Gnomon School of Visual Effects), this 'class-in-a-box' includes 25 hours of lectures, 66 HD video clips for live action integration, and a 176 page book. This is intermediate level material which assumes that the student has a solid grasp of the fundamentals, from modeling and UV layout, to rigging and animation.








Animation World Network (AWN) - YouTube Channel is the biggest animation-related publishing group on the Internet. Their YouTube channels includes a range of compelling, entertaining and relevant information pertaining to all aspects of animation and visual effects. View short films showcasing visual effects and animation; trailers, clips and behind-the scenes featurettes; and interviews with industry professionals.

The Animator's Survival Kit Animated by Richard Williams (2009)

The career and knowledge of Williams (Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) straddles the 'golden age' of hand-drawn animation and the modern era of computer animation. Based on his animation masterclasses, Williams runs through the underlying principles of animation. His points are illustrated with hundreds of drawings and videos. This DVD accompanies the essential handbook.

Ghibli: The Miyazaki Temple by Montmayeur, Yves (2004)

This French television documentary is a journey into the universe of director Hayao Miyazaki and his Ghibli studio. Through interviews with fellow Ghibli filmmaker Isao Takahata, Ghibli President Toshio Suzuki and French comic artist Jean Moebius Giraud, we get to know the man who delivered some of the most inspiring visuals and incomparable landscapes and characters ever seen in animation.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013) by Mami Sunada

This Japanese documentary follows the routines of filmmakers at Studio Ghibli, including Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Features footage of the productions; extensive storyboard art (sketched, inked and painted); and detailed explanations of certain artistic and casting decisions.

The Pixar Story by Stanton, Andrew (2007)

A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios, the company's relationship with Disney, and its remarkable initial string of eight hits. It features never-before-seen footage of crew and contributors including Steve Jobs, Ed Catmull and John Lasseter. The AFTRS Library holds this documentary as a special feature on a Blu-ray copy of WALL·E.

Birthday Boy (2004)

Directed, written & animated by Sejong Park
During the Korean War, little Manuk plays on the streets of his village and dreams of life at the front. When he returns home, he finds a birthday present that will change his life. A heart rending short film, which earned AFTRS alumnus Park a BAFTA, many other film awards and an Oscar nomination.

Lost & Found (2018)

Directed by Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe
Lost & Found is a stop motion short film that tugs at the heartstrings. A knitted toy dinosaur has to start unraveling itself to save the love of its life. Winner of multiple film festival awards and with art by AFTRS graduate Bradley Slabe, Lost & Found is definitely one we recommend! The AFTRS Library holds the companion book She, Me & Sashimi which sits somewhere between concept art, storyboard and standalone picture book.

The Lost Thing (2010)

Directed by Andrew Ruhemann & Shaun Tan
Based on Shaun Tan's award-winning picture book, The Lost Thing explores urban conformity and celebrates weird. Special features include storyboards, deleted scenes and commentary about the adaptation process.

Happy Feet (2006)

Directed by George Miller, Warren Coleman & Judy Morris
Produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation studio Animal Logic, Happy Feet is a delightful film about finding comfort in yourself, that also manages to be an inspiring cry for environmental action. Winner of the BAFTA and Oscar for best animated film.

Harvie Krumpet (2003)

Directed by Adam Elliot
The claymation biography of an ordinary man seemingly cursed with perpetual bad luck. Bittersweet, and with a solid helping of black humour, this short film is a must-see. Produced by AFTRS graduate Melanie Coombs, the film won the Academy Awards for Best Animated Short.

The Cat Piano (2010)

Directed by Eddie White & Ari Gibson
A city of singing cats is being preyed upon, and human footprints are being found at the scene of every missing cat. The film is narrated by a world weary poet (voiced by Nick Cave) in rhyming form. The art style is sleek, stylish, and captures a sense of foreboding extremely well.