Category: Animation

Calypso Bin Laden RIP

2 May, 2011 (16:33) | Animation | No comments

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

Craymazing video from The Daniels

20 April, 2011 (12:45) | Animation | No comments

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 [...]

sixty40 named as hotshop finalist

30 March, 2011 (15:27) | Animation, awards, motion graphics | No comments

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 [...]

2011 proto ninja award launch

22 March, 2011 (12:07) | Animation, motion graphics, other | No comments

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 LA

16 March, 2011 (13:45) | Animation | No comments

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

new summer reel

9 March, 2011 (09:15) | Animation | No comments

All the greatest hits from recent months rolled into one hype montage; tell your friends and check it out here

Welcome London Director, Angus Chad

9 February, 2011 (08:08) | Animation | No comments

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, [...]

Proto-ninja releases clip : gets motionographer writeup!

8 February, 2011 (16:55) | Animation | No comments

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…

Insight into the subtleties of character design

31 December, 2010 (21:00) | Animation | No comments

This site explores what happens when you get the eyes wrong.

“Out In The Street” Footage Call out.

23 December, 2010 (21:17) | Animation | No comments

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 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, [...]

Cartoon Brew’s wrap up of Oscar nominee animated shorts

22 November, 2010 (18:54) | Animation, character | No comments

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 [...]

Take Part in “No-vember”

3 November, 2010 (16:36) | Animation | No comments

Introducing the answer to and evolution of Movember: Reduce your grooming needs by over 75%. Grow a beard with NO Moustache. It’s for NO cause whatsoever. Post Your Pics and join the FB Group

Sixty40 directs winning Gruen Transfer Pitch. Dates it.

29 September, 2010 (17:26) | Animation | No comments

Sixty40 directed the winning pitch for the show The Gruen Transfer. With our friends at M&C Saatchi distracted with radiating glory, we hooked up with the trophy the next afternoon and took it on a wild rollercoaster of love. Congratulations to everyone involved in the spot which planned to bring Australia and New Zealand together [...]

Sixty40 Protoninja Award Winner Announced

28 September, 2010 (17:18) | Animation | No comments

It was Guy Verge Wallace with his mind-blowing stop-motion epic: Underdog: Dangerforce 6. The winner was announced at the opening night of the Sydney International Animation Festival (SIAF) at the University of Technology Sydney, on Friday 25th of September. More than 21 entries of consistently high quality, far exceeding expectations, were received from across Australia [...]

Sixty40 = First Runner Up in Best Animation Category

23 September, 2010 (17:19) | Animation | No comments

In the 2010 Create:Awards. Losing out only to the esteemed film version of “The Lost Thing”  by Sean Tan. Our stop motion wonders for TV1 continue to rake in glory.

10th Anniversary TVC Event: Let it be Droste

6 September, 2010 (12:01) | Animation | No comments

Sixty40 creates commercial of selves watching commercial then films selves watching commercial

Sixty40 is 10 : delivers art on TV

30 August, 2010 (18:31) | Animation | No comments

As some of you may know, Sixty40 has now been around for 10 amazing years of work. Amidst the many things we’re doing to celebrate is buying some ad time to put some art on TV during Dr. Phil. It’ll be screening between 12:15 and 12:20 this Friday the 3rd of September. Be sure to tune [...]

Sixty40 Wins Iron Designer 2010

10 August, 2010 (11:46) | Animation | No comments

We are very proud to announce that amongst Sydney’s Design Heavyweights, Sixty40 has reigned supreme in the sold out Iron Designer contest held as part of Sydney Design Week. Against massive competition from Frost Design, Digital Eskimo our supreme ability to create magic out of nothing shone through. From the beginning, we knew what would [...]

Job Opp: Junior at Sixty40

6 August, 2010 (14:15) | Animation | No comments

Job Opp: Junior at Sixty40

Senior Designer / Director

6 August, 2010 (14:12) | Animation | No comments

New job opportunity at Sixty40 for a Senior Designer / Director. Spread the word!

Sixty40 shortlisted in AEAF Awards

4 August, 2010 (16:22) | Animation | No comments

We’ve got two projects competing against each other in the Australian Effects and Animation Festival awards for Title Idents and Stings… whoops. Good luck TV1 and Foxtel. Find out more here.

sixty40 x ricky rozzay x prince of ballard = fresh new montage

3 August, 2010 (11:28) | Animation | No comments

By now you’ve all scoped the new site and watched the new reel and you’re scratching your heads wondering who did that tight Rick Ross remix. It comes courtesy of Seattle’s own Prince of Ballard and you can find more of his fresh blends and edits here…

Sixty40 Launches new look

3 August, 2010 (09:14) | Animation | No comments

We’re very happy to launch our new website and new reel. Hot new work, hot new look, hot philosophy: let it be great.

Sixty40 at Iron Designer

27 July, 2010 (13:49) | Animation | No comments

As part of Sydney Design Week, Matt and Mark will go head to head with other amazing Sydney Design companies in a high-intensity creative gladiatorial fun-fest called “iron designer”. Here’s a gallery of the Melbourne version and some general info Take note Digital Eskimo: YOU ARE DEAD!! Tickets to the event can be booked online [...]

We win 4 x International Promax’s

1 July, 2010 (16:44) | Animation | No comments

Sixty40 brings in an Gold International Promax for our TV1 Summer campaign. Check out all the spots here. If that wasn’t enough, we then bring in 3 Silver International Promax’s for our Foxtel Winter Games spots. Check out those spots here. We’re very thankful to our clients for bringing us in on such awesome briefs. Both of [...]

Sixty40 at Creative Sydney & 10×10

7 June, 2010 (14:14) | Animation | No comments

Sixty40 were asked to be one of 10 curators who choose 10 creative movers and shakers to be saluted at the 10X10 project for Creative Sydney. We were amidst a big spread of creative superdudes including Margaret Pomeranz, Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil and the founders of Sass & Bide. Here’s who we selected and [...]

Sixty40 at Sydney Fashion Parade

5 May, 2010 (09:09) | Animation | No comments

No, that’s us in the back. For the Zimmermann parade at Sydney Fashion Week we helped extend the catwalk into an infinite illuminated hall. The LED screen at the back was aligned to create a trompe l’oeil for the (many) cameras at the end.

Breaking up is hard to do: Nuke Vs After Effects

22 April, 2010 (09:48) | Animation | No comments

AEtuts+ Tutorial “After Effects vs. Nuke” Sneak Peek from Phil Strahl on Vimeo. This is a bit of incredibly authentic emotion on a topic that’s close to our hearts. We salute you Phil Strahl

How we get briefs now

8 April, 2010 (10:06) | Animation | No comments

It’s all over. This is the greatest brief we’ve ever received.  Thanks Stephen, that is funny stuff.

Sixty40 Proto-Ninja Award Announced

10 March, 2010 (10:09) | Animation | No comments

We’re starting up an award to celebrate hot young animators working in all media and rewarding them with moola, mentorship and screening at the Sydney International Film Festival. Here’s the press release. With the second UTS: Sydney International Animation Festival set to launch in Sydney on 24 September 2010, emerging animators have a chance to [...]

TV1 Production Breakdown

25 February, 2010 (08:03) | Animation | No comments

The nice folk at Digital Media World took the time to summarise the production process we went through to make the TV1 idents. The article will appear in their latest issue but of course, it’s also online.

Sixty40 Nominated for Hotshop of 2009!

22 February, 2010 (13:31) | Animation, promo | No comments

Apologies for the exclamation mark, but that’s major news! The Creative Hotshop awards identifies Australia’s most interesting/charming/innovative/coolest/sexiest production house of the year. We are very flattered to be included amongst the 3 finalists in the animation category.

The internets love the TV1 spots

29 January, 2010 (14:24) | Animation, promo, television | No comments

Big ups to Motionographer,  Drawn and Boing Boing for sending some viewers the way of the TV1 Summer spots. You can tell when one of these blogs take an interest in your work: your internets go crazy.

When a dog turns up to a sausage party

18 January, 2010 (12:40) | Animation, film clip | No comments

We’ve just finished a series of stop motion idents for TV1 that featured objects coming to life to explore the quintessential Australian summer. The themes were Celebrations (which ticked off christmas and new years and general summer parties), The beach (which was about hot summer days, getting burnt, hot sand, cool water and summer fruit) [...]

Battlestar voted #30 in top videos of the year

22 December, 2009 (19:30) | Animation | No comments

By very well informed We are very proud, and sit amongst some clips we adore. Check out the company here

Battlestar featuring in the DotMov Festival

3 November, 2009 (09:30) | Animation | No comments

Battlestar has already been selected by and appeared in a variety of sweet film fests: The Holland animation film festival (HAFF), The Portable Film Festival (here), The Fantastic Planet Film Festival (here) to name a few. But in massive news, it has also been selected to appear in the very exclusive DotMov Festival out of [...]

2 Years in the wilderness

8 October, 2009 (12:08) | Animation | No comments

…and Psycho Teddy is still out there, making an impact in the world. This is pretty amazing advance: someone is Vlogging their reaction to the video. It’d be good to play them both at once so you can see what she’s seeing, feel what she’s feeling. You certainly know what she’s thinking, because she’s saying [...]

sixty40 in new IdN book

11 September, 2009 (12:24) | Animation | No comments

Wooo! it’s been a while in the making but we just got our copy of the 15th anniversary IdN anthology. Our work is sandwiched between Shilo and Stardust, which is great company to keep, and on the enclosed dvd we have made a mind-blowing film which prophesises the not too far away future when pandas [...]

The Pond: Installation has started

3 September, 2009 (17:04) | Animation | No comments

If you happen to be strolling down Burton St. Dalringhurst one of these nights you’ll notice 2 massive projections in the front garden of an old timey restaurant. The animations going at timelapse speed and represent a neglected space being reclaimed by nature. The projections run for 6 weeks and each week we release a [...]


31 August, 2009 (16:36) | Animation | No comments

As part of our on going strategy of putting characters everywhere, we’ve started a project of putting characters on top of poles around the neighbourhood. Keep an eye out for them.

Sweet Tweet about Battlstar

27 August, 2009 (08:58) | Animation | No comments

Aug 20th from Just saw the preview for James Cameron’s #Avatar… It looks gnarly, but I’ve seen 2D 3D done better -

Battlestar in “Most Viewed” Category…

25 August, 2009 (13:24) | Animation | No comments

…on the Portable Film Festival website. People, get in their and vote your asses off for us. We’re catching up to the other people in Median Vote score (currently we’re at 4.32 the next film is at 4.61 or something). Vote early. Vote often. We might just win something. If we do we’ll split it with [...]

Battlestar in Portable Film Festival

31 July, 2009 (16:51) | Animation | No comments

The Battlestar clip has been accepted into the Portable Film Festival which launches this Saturday. It will also be featured as one of the festival highlights on their site on Sunday which is excellent (and a great choice might we add). It is in the Music Video category and naturally we want to win as we [...]

Dr Prawn: romantic adventures

8 July, 2009 (20:23) | Animation | No comments

A very sweet animation about love with a terrible warning. To find out more about the very accomplished Doctor Prawn, check out his blog. Thanks Ran Ran.

frankie wins a pencil

12 June, 2009 (10:21) | Animation | No comments

The “Throw us a Bone” campaign we worked on last year continnues its awards run winning a yellow pencil at last nights D & AD awards in London, taking out the mobile marketing category. Congrats to all involved. Check the work out here, and read about the awards here Update: Frankie also won a bronze [...]

Classic comments about Battlestar

28 May, 2009 (10:30) | Animation | No comments

Comments about “Battlestar” collected from around the web: “That’s blowing my brain to shreds…. Awesome clip & the remix really flips it from the original..Tasty! - “Ooh very nice. It’s like lenticular vision in 3d. Is this 4d? :O” – “From concept to execution, it’s impressive. And you know what? They just made me [...]

sixty40 talking at Creative Sydney this friday

25 May, 2009 (17:00) | Animation | No comments

This Friday, May 29 at 8pm  Sixty40 will be talking at “Behind the Screens” at the MCA as part of the week long Creative Sydney festival, which celebrates the wealth and diversity of the city’s creative talents. Also speaking will be Host – Jay Katz (Mu-Meson Archives), Ian Cope (Rising Sun Pictures), Ben Briand and [...]

New Film Clip : Battlestar for Harmonic 313

13 May, 2009 (14:50) | Animation, film clip, other | No comments

Holy Maceroni. Warp records have released our clip for the artist Harmonic 313 onto their main page to hype up the impending release of the amazing sounding single. The album, from which it comes is reviewed thus:  ” A head splintering masterpiece” – Dazed & Confused  “a brilliant re-wiring of post-rave sonics” - Q 4 ****  “Joins [...]

Psycho Teddy reaches 1,000,000 Hits (!)

8 April, 2009 (10:21) | Animation, character, film clip | No comments

The ringtone inspired a film clip and that film clip has inspired someone, possibly in a strange way,  one million times. That deserves an exclamation mark, maybe two. It’s great to read the comments that are left on the youtube page, so check them out here. We really are touching some people out there in [...]

Tiny Legs of Fire

23 March, 2009 (15:44) | Animation | No comments

Long time friend of SIxty40, Doug Bayne, has just released this montage of excellence,  a top-notch entry into the category of  ”Pseudo-movie”.

frankie wins a bronze lotus

20 March, 2009 (13:18) | Animation, character | No comments

In its first appearance of the award season, in a really tough international competition – ‘Throw us a Bone’ picked up a Bronze Lotus!! Thanks to the SDCH, Gen, Hannes, Moxi Sound and the hard working guys at M & C Saatchi. Read the story here… And here’s a link about the campaign here…

German Psycho Teddy

16 March, 2009 (13:54) | Animation | No comments

Sometimes when you release a child into the wild it goes and does something on its own that is exciting and scary. Good luck Psycho Teddy, good luck.

sixty40 on FBi – 94.5 fm

5 March, 2009 (13:45) | Animation | No comments

Anna burns invited us on to be the weekly guests on FBi’s “Out of the Box” weekly show, where creative types get to present the music that floats their boat. We got an hour which we filled with Muppets, Budos Band, Mudhoney and more. Thanks, Anna, we had a ball. If you missed it, then [...]

Panda Performance

3 March, 2009 (14:26) | Animation | No comments

Here we perform live the haunting “Pandas who need people” in front of an adoring crowd. Or they were adoring to begin with anyway. Then they turned ugly.

sixty40 interview on gráfica real

19 February, 2009 (12:46) | Animation, motion graphics | No comments

just did an interview for graphica real. Hard-hitting facts from Matt and surrealistic musings from Mark. It’s a great read…

Run Cossacks Run

17 February, 2009 (08:12) | Animation | No comments

Sixty40 is shooting a new video clip for harmonic 313.  It’s a dance base clip using a steroscopic technique which will make your eyes pop out of your head. The dancer is the indubitable Andy Uprock. We’ve just finished shooting it and commencing the edit. Then we saw this. Which reminds you: it’s all in the performance [...]

Dr. Prawn: Losing my religion

21 January, 2009 (08:13) | Animation, character, film clip, motion graphics | No comments

The indubitable Dr. Prawn has released a film clip to welcome in 2009. He combines haunting insights with a groove reminiscent of late night Neil Young sessions.

New Sign

10 November, 2008 (14:06) | Animation | No comments

Next in the series of fresh signs to illuminate the multi-use park out the front of our office is the double-faced Dan. Paying homage to one of our super-ninjas, Dan. Take that drifters.  

Throw us a bone

3 October, 2008 (09:07) | Animation, character, promo | No comments

The “Throw us a bone” campaign for Sydney Dogs and Cat’s Home launched Yesterday. Sixty40 created the worlds most endearing dog to encourage people to contribute money to the dogs home charity via their mobile phone. Generous tourists and drunk office workers have been texting the 9m screen at Customs House in Circular Quay to [...]

Sign Party #203

11 September, 2008 (14:56) | Animation | 1 comment

Thanks to David Hughes from Kind Permission who was visiting from London. Made us a sweet new sign that was hoisted in the pouring rain.

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