Sixty40’s BMX London Olympics animation (introducing this sport as an inclusion for the first time) has just been announced as a finalist in the ASTRA Industry Excellence Awards. This humorous Infographic joins our other series of Foxtel Olympic animations that are circulating the awards scene with our 2010 Winter Olympics spots winning 3 x International [...]
Thanks Chris Sobieniak (Cartoon Brew) for recently uploading an early Pixar demo reel. “Pixar creates general purpose solutions for the processing and synthesis of visual information.” Power to circa 1988; we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Check out how far Sixty40 has come through the years, where we’ve developed, along with our clients and technology in an [...]
Say the phrase “Biographical Graphic Novel” twelve times. You think that’s hard? Wrap your head around this. As the personal sensitive vision of graphic novels continue to become more prominent in the comics market like a billowing emo storm, in a stark contrast Chad Essley’s new graphic novel documents the strange life and times of [...]
This is a first for Sixty40. Phoenix has risen once more, this time taking physical form. Our friends at One Green Bean had the character made and sent over. He will forever live on our awards table, sitting as an honourary statue of awesomeness. If you missed the video, check out Phoenix’s best work here.
Sixty40 were asked by The Works to create a character based TV and print campaign, about Fortunate Frank: a happy-go-lucky traveller who unlike the rest of us doesn’t need travel insurance. Starting with still images for print and online we developed a character and style which took inspiration from Mr Bean and vintage Paddington Bear [...]
We partnered with magnificent Israeli Illustrator, Gal Shikedi in developing Virgin Mobile’s new community support platform. Meet “Phoenix”, a multi-tasking, communication maestro. It’s like staring into a mirror to reveal the modern connected phone user, always juggling calls, Facebooking, Blogging and Tweeting. Struck down mid flight by some technical woes, Virgin Mobile’s new community support [...]
NuBees forms part of a series of near future robot films directed by Mark Simpson. They form part of Sixty40′s independent development efforts, designed to explore techniques and expand our story telling repertoire. This Spring (their Autumn), the Centre for the Promotion of Science in Belgrade, Serbia is hosting their Days of Future: Days of Robotics Festival; an event where students, [...]
There’s only one thing to do before four days of PauseFest; gather twenty-five upstanding individuals and confine them within the vicinities of a Spanish restaurant. Lather on some wine, freshly made Paella and invite a photographer too. PauseFeast was born. Mark Simpson and Matt Taylor joined the international likes of Jason White from Leviathan, [...]
November 18 2012; to be forever known as the day Sixty40 overcame all odds and won the AdNews Challenge. At least for the next couple of hours, until AdNews post the real results here. Until then, we will continue to live in a supposed glory as we march the streets of Darlinghurst, gathering with us [...]
Yep, it’s that time of year again where the Opera House becomes a canvas for comics and animation in the weekend long festival that is GRAPHIC. At last year’s event, Sixty40′s Matt Taylor did a live reading of his comic book Lars the Last Viking with our good friend, Scott Collins (Noiselab) accompanying with a live [...]
Sixty40 Adnews Challenge Hype Promo from sixty40 on Vimeo. About our sporting ability: While Sixty40 is not averse to a physical challenge, we are not athletes in the traditional sense of the word. Or in any sense of the word for that matter. But we have spirit, and that’s what it’s about right? That’s why [...]
A meditation on the creative process. Creating something wonderful and new is never a matter of going from A to Z, ticking off each letter as you go. No matter how good you think you are at it, and no matter what others think, there’s a balance between intent and fortune: All you have [...]
The lesser of two elvis. Our first dyslexic pun. A celebration of comprehension accuracy and the troubled history of the world’s favourite addled crooner. Now in t-shirt form! Order Now! Sizes Medium $20.00 AUD Large $20.00 AUD X-Large $30.00 AUD
Character design and animation forms the backbone of Sixty40′s work. Pictoplasma has long been the apex of the consideration and celebration of the role of character design and art in animation and culture. Their annuals collated the best of the best character designs from around the world and served as inspiration to everyone creating and trying [...]
Sixty40 added some sweet animated birds for this award winning spot for Optus from M&C Saatchi. The 30 second Optus ‘Lion’ commercial took out the ACE of Excellence at the Val Morgan ACES September 2012
Our new animation for the National Broadband Network has been released today as the NBN announces their service focussed on Australian Businesses. Watch for the dog character on a Skype call. Check out the page here and the NBN’s own blog post here.
PauseFest has just announced it’s first speaker lineup for “PauseStage” and also revealed that Mark will be onstage during the whole day compering with some awesome international and local talent: an exclusive one-day event aimed as professional development for the creative industries. This is an intimate event with very limited capacity at the State Library [...]
In a beautiful twist of fate and Chutzpah , Sixty40′s Matt Taylor is acknowledged as motivating the world famous Fred Seibert of Frederator Studios to go on to help create what is, without a doubt (to us) , the greatest animation series ever: Adventure Time by Pemdleton Ward, on Cartoon Network (<– you can watch episodes here!). To quote [...]
Sixty40 wins “Best Education” at AEAF AWARDS 2012 for NBN Explainers.
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Mark Simpson, Creative director and co-founder of Sixty40 will be mentoring at Vivid Sydney’s Portfolio Masterclass on 03 June. There’s stil some tickets for round #2! Hurry!
Some clever fellow has stitched together images from NASA’s International Space Station. Now… to composite some characters on top.
Not only did our music video for Africa Hitech’s “Out In The Street” win “Best Story” at the Robot Film Festival in New York, but it continues to be celebrated as a short film in great festivals such as this one. Thanks BBFF for getting behind the short-film-music-video hybrid!
A lovely overview into infographics use and abuse. Some good examples and history too. If you’re into Tufte though (and who wouldn’t be), don’t forget you can go do a session with him.
An animation range test by Brad Pickford for one of the characters in our up and coming animation series to explore the London Olympics for Foxtel. Also, Finally! A dial for animating characters.
This masterful remake of The Thing mashes together your love of violence with your love of cute Pingu.
For your viewing pleasure. A short documentary about Australia.
Forgot most of a quote you need in a pitch? Find it on QuoteCoil. http://quotecoil.com/
We’ve just found this collection of Sixty40 work that appeared in the IdN Extra Book a while back. Precious memories! Check it out here.
Out In The Streets nominated for “Best On Screen” in the SMAC Awards. Vote now! http://smacawards.com/vote-2011/
Sydney, 24 November –Sixty40 has been appointed to create a series of nine TVCs as part of a new brand campaign for FetchTV. FetchTV is an entertainment service that delivers the best of free-to-air and subscription television to viewers via a broadband connection.. Building from storyboarded concepts from the agency The Works, Sixty40 designed and [...]
Ahhh, classic humour.
Our ‘Botsker award arrives by mail for “Best Story” at the first ever Robot Film Festival. It Looks rad on our plinth.
Little Boat: Check this beautiful and simple concept, well executed to maximum awesome by Nelson Boles
Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi on Nowness.com. This short film has everything we like: beautiful craft, attention to detail, sadness, funniness and sexy times.
If you like titles, you’ll love seeing 60 good ones in a row. From Twin Peaks to True Blood. Thanks Pajiba.
Great layouts, epic moments. Space Glitch. More info on her vimeo page.
Previously, we thought Hipster Ipsum was the way of the future. How wrong we were… Bogan ipsum will keep us As busy as a freckle piece of piss gutful of bush bash.
How awesome is this? We’re currently working with people in the following locations: Tokyo, Paris, Cardiff, London, Auckland, Wollongong, Sydney.We don’t even look sleepy (yet).
This guy seems to have grasped a fundamental in awesomeness: take an error and make it a feature. But seriously, the internet is eating this shit up. 500k views in 2 days (spread between his youtube and vimeo streams). Silly walks, convincing comping, the future of attracting eyeballs?
Vote for our music video so we can win and high five strangers in tuxedos on stage! It’d be best if you rated higher, rather than lower obviously. You need to sign up but it only takes a second. Tell your friends too! http://www.ifawards.com/rating/film/africa-hitech-%22out-in-the-streets%22
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Matt and longtime Sixty40 partner-in-crime, Scott Collins, took to the stage at the OZ Comics panel and did a riff heavy live performance of Matt’s new book “Lars the Last Viking Goes to the End of the World”. The panel itself was a legion of Australian comic book heavy hitters: Pat Grant (Blue), Mandy Ord (Sensitive [...]
Sixty40 Press is proud to launch Matt’s new comic book Lars the Last Viking at China Heights Gallery on Thursday 18th August. Pat Grant (author of Blue) will be giving an opening speech and Matt will do a live reading of the book. There will also be all the original pages of the book on [...]
Out of 55 films accepted into the inaugural ”Robot Film Festival” in New York our clip for Africa Hitech wins this major accolade. They describe the award thus: Best Story: Here we rewarded films with entertaining and intriguing storylines, particularly those which explored original memes for Robotics. Set in the streets of South Africa, Out in the [...]
Here’s a lovely insight into how to do magic. There’s definite links here to animation and storytelling generally. Plus the general wonderfulness of seeing something that you’re not quite sure how it was done… which is something we do all the time.
And while many critics have argued that they don’t even have a place in the industry anymore, music videos like this one for Africa Hi-Tech’s “Out In The … franknbeats.com/2011/…/video-africa-hi-tech-out-in-the-street…Impose TV: Africa Hitech, “Out In The Street” | Impose Magazine The track turns Ini Kamoze into a glitchy broken record, as though Mr. Kamoze [...]
Remember the call out for footage for a clip we were making? Well, the film is finished and released by Warp Records. The Clip was featured on Pitchfork just this morning as an exclusive. Next stop.. all other blogs on the planet. Thanks to all who sent in footage, and even those who thought about it [...]
hey aspiring proto ninjas, well hope you’ve all been cracking away, and if you haven’t there’s still plenty of time if you get started soon. What am I talking about? The Sixty40 Proto Ninja award of course, see this video to get you up to date This year’s the is… “The Secret”. We’ve been given [...]
Calypso Bin Laden – Cave of Love Here’s a piece we did for a series we developed called Ringtone Deathmatch. This performance is now even more haunting. You can also see a rare interview with Calypso here
But they’ve done heaps of really odd, simple concepts realy nicely executed. I’ll pick one of their videos almost at random: They did the firemouth clip you might have seen on the internets a while a go But what i love is that they made this little test, and it’s all the things these things should [...]
Well the results are in and Sixty40 came out as a finalist alongside Iloura and Mighty Nice in the Animation Category for Australian Creative’s 2010 Hotshop Awards. Check out the full results in the April issue. XYZ took out top honours for Animation, and we are proud to rank amongst such top competition. Congrats to all [...]
Launching this year’s Proto Ninja award tonight. The site needs to be updated which will happen asap, but in the meantime we will be having a screening of the latest clip from last year’s winner, The talented Guy Verge Wallace, up at the World Bar. Please stay tuned here for this year’s Proto Ninja Comp [...]
Rocketcar Day has become an institution in Sydney after 12 different events spread over 10 years. While in Los Angeles I’ll be putting on the first ever Rocketcar Day LA. We’re looking for participants and a venue right now. For more info, go to http://rcdla.rocketcarday.com/
All the greatest hits from recent months rolled into one hype montage; tell your friends and check it out here
London Director, Angus Chad, joins Sixty40 Angus joins our team as our new Director alongside founders Mark Simpson and Matt Taylor, fresh from a lengthy stint at BDA London. Angus’s expertise across international broadcast design and packaging complements our existing talent pool, strengthening opportunities for both us and our clients. Angus brings more than thirteen years experience, [...]
Last year’s winner Guy Verge Wallace just finished this great film clip for Papa vs Pretty, which he worked on the post here in Sixty40 Studio. And he got a great wrap up on Motionographer. Congrats Guy and read about it here… http://motionographer.com/2011/02/03/joining-the-new-wave-guy-verge-
This site explores what happens when you get the eyes wrong. muppetswithpeopleeyes.tumblr.com
Sixty40 is doing another clip for mark pritchard (aka the jedi knights, harmonic 313 and now Africa Hitek). Here’s the last one we did http://www.sixty40.com/battlestar/ This one, called “Out in the street” is the tale of urban helper robots running out of time and choosing the easy way out and achieving 8 bit rapture. Basically, [...]
You really should check this great wrap up of the 33 animated shorts nominated for the oscars this year. This is massive and there is a really amazing range. Great to see peeps like Don Hertzfeldt, Joanna Lurie and Beomsik Shimbe Shim getting in there. And especially great to see two Australian directors in there, Shaun Tan [...]