More film festival success for Little Red Robot Hunter

One of Railtoons Animation’s signature films, Little Red Robot Hunter, has scored another official selection in the realm of international film festivals: this time at Animac 2016.

Animac is the International Film Festival of Animation in Catalonia, and 2016 will see its 20th year of providing a cultural wealth of animation to the Spanish audience.

This selection adds to the growing list of achievements for Little Red Robot Hunter:

Accomplishments/Official Screenings:
Most Outstanding 2D Project: Perception Showcase 2015
Official Selection: Melbourne International Animation Festival 2015
Official Selection: Athens AnimFest 2015
Official Selection: Animac International Festival of Animation 2016
Newgrounds 1st Place Daily Feature
Newgrounds 4th Place Weekly Feature


Railtoons wins Animation Jam 2015 on Newgrounds

Held in November 2015, the Sarcastic Animation Jam 2016 challenged animators around Newgrounds to write, develop and produce a complete animated short in 2 days using a number of preset prompts.

Out of the prompts ‘fishbowl’ and ‘broken window’ came Railtoons Animation’s entry Nothing Gold Can Stay, a heartbreaking short following the nihilistic life of a goldfish.

While a panel of judges deliberated, Newgrounds users were invited to rank their favourite entries for the Audience Choice Award, keeping in mind all entries were entirely developed in 2 days or less.

I’m thrilled to announce Nothing Gold Can Stay has picked up both the Audience Choice Award and Judges 1st Place, a solid achievement for such a rapidly produced animation.

Watch now: Nothing Gold Can Stay at Railtoons Animation’s Newgrounds page

Nothing Gold Can Stay Accolades:
Judges 1st Place: Sarcastic Animation Jam 2015
Audience Choice Award: Sarcastic Animation Jam 2015
Newgrounds 1st Place Daily Feature
Newgrounds 3rd Place Weekly Feature

Animation Process Reel: Little Red Robot Hunter

Animation Process Reel: Little Red Robot Hunter

I completed work on Little Red Robot Hunter in early 2015. It was an extensive (though incredibly enjoyable) experience in which I carried the solo project all the way from conception to completion.

The above process reel shows a small part of the development and production process, and the work that went into character design, timing, animation, cleanups, backgrounds and effects.

Check out the full Little Red Robot Hunter short film on Youtube!

Award Winning Animation: Little Red Robot Hunter (2015)

Little Red Robot Hunter: Award Winning 2D Animation

Completed in early 2015, Little Red Robot Hunter is an original 2D animated short produced and animated by Maree Railton of Railtoons Animation.

Following the recent tradition of reinterpreting fairytales, it explores the idea of Little Red Riding Hood being retold as a futuristic chase scene, where a young woman living in the woods is confronted a Terminator-like robot wolf. Action ensues.

Made using a mixture of hand-drawn animation, painted backgrounds and multiplane compositing effects, LRRH was a traditionally-styled passion project and a pure joy to work on.

Awards/Official Screenings:
Most Outstanding 2D Project: Perception Showcase 2015
Official Selection: Melbourne International Animation Festival 2015
Official Selection: Athens AnimFest 2015

Corporate Animation: Community Training Australia

Community Training Australia Infographic

Recently I was commissioned by Community Training Australia to create an animated video showcasing their Diploma of Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health. Deciding the sleek look of motion graphics animation would work best for the project, I created the entire project in After Effects with a continuous camera, creating a fast-paced but cohesive outcome.

College Humor: “If Furious 7 Stunts Were Realistic”

furious 7

About a month ago I did some freelance animation work for the fine folks at Studio Joho in Australia, whose clients include the comedy web channel College Humor. I worked on the Furious 7 project, where I fully animated the first scene (with the Rock and guns and bombs and a million explosions), and the second last scene (with Paul Walker and Vin Diesel driving out of a skyscraper because… action movies).

The first scene took 5-6 days of full-time animating, while the later scene took about 3-4 days (the scripts, voice recording and character designs were already done beforehand). I used a mixture of Photoshop, Toon Boom Studio and After Effects, as is my usual workflow at the moment.

Any questions? Just ask! 🙂