Simon Allen

Lecturer

About me

I joined Pixar Animation Studios in March 2006 as an animator for the Academy ward-winning feature ‘Ratatouille’ and went on to animate on three more Oscar winners for Pixar, Wall-E, UP and Toy Story 3. I’ve been in the industry for over 20 years and have worked on 18 feature films including ‘The Matrix: Revolutions’ and ‘Constantine’ on which I was Animation Supervisor. I have also worked on another Academy Award winning movie, ‘Happy Feet’.

I began my 3D career at WETA as a Compositor / Technical Director on Peter Jackson’s feature film ‘The Frighteners’ in 1995. I then moved to the US to work as an animator at George Lucas’s games company LucasArts and helped produce 3 titles including “Grim Fandango” and “The Phantom Menace” in which I was Lead animator. I then went on to character animate for Tippett Studio where I became Animation Lead on “Evolution” and “Blade II”.

I have just finished working on the up coming Disney Pixar movies ‘Cars 2’ and ‘Brave’ which has also won the Academy award for best Animated Film of the year 2013 . I am now lecturing here at Murdoch University in the areas of 3D animation and Conceptual Design .

Born in Australia, I grew up in New Zealand. After finishing high school, I returned to Australia and attended Film School at Perth School of Art and Design studying Film and Television and Animation. I have taught animation at The Academy of Arts in San Francisco as well at the CMC TAFE in Perth and East Perth. I have presented Animation Masterclasses all over Australia and have given presentations in Moscow, Annecy Film Festival in France, and iDEF and Semi Permanent in Melbourne as well as being invited to be part of a judging panel at Siggraph in San Diego and a judging panel at UC Berkeley.

Personal Website

http://simonanimation.com/

Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/265/231968443510658

Student Work

http://meshatmurdoch.com/games-art-and-design-course

 

 

Teaching area

Computer Animation ( GAD241 and MCC265 )

Drawing ( GAD172 )

Conceptual Design ( Drawing Studio MCC273 )

3D modeling ( GAD164 )

I also supervise a number of Post Graduates / Honours students who are creating films, games and art.

Examples of Students Work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4WtHfU_zew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qblU20qb_54

http://meshatmurdoch.com/games-art-and-design-course

 

 

Research areas

Animation workflow: Evaluating industry practices / resources, and workplace cultures that help streamline the animation process.

Film production: Short animated films.

The history of animation: How principles of animation have been amended for 3D animation.

Motion Capture pipeline: At present I’m using this technology to have a better appreciation of its potential for 3d games animation.

Animation for mobile devices : With emerging technology developing rapidly, I’m researching the newest practices and resources for creating applications for these devices.

Current projects

This is a small selection of the projects I have contributed to and their major accolades.

2013 Brave,

winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

2011 Toy Story 3,

winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Another 35 wins & 44 nominations

2010 Up,

winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

as well as Another 53 wins & 37 nominations

2009 Wall-e

winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Another 52 wins & 49 nominations

2008 Ratatouille

winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Another 45 wins & 21 nominations

2007 Happy Feet

winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Another 13 wins & 16 nominations

Teaching Awards

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards nominee, 2011 – 2012 and 2014

 

Events and speaking engagements

Emergence Creative Festival Feb, 2013 – Keynote speaker “A comparison of workflow and collaboration” – Short Film ‘Ylem collaboration” Creative Emergence Festival. Margaret River.

Scitech Animation Film Festival 2012 – Host and Presenter

Scitech – Murdoch University Media Frenzy Animation Classes June 2012 – Producer

AEAF Judging Panel for 2012

Presented at the Wanimate premier screening of the Pixar/Disney movie “Brave” June 2012

ABC Radio “A Brave new world for Pixar” June 2012 – Interview

Scitech Animation Film Festival 2011 – Keynote speaker and Judging Panel

AEAF Judging Panel for 2011

ABC Radio ” Who are you?” 2011 – Interview

Pixar Animation Masterclass 14-15 Sep. 2010 Perth – Lecturer

Wanimate event 10th Sept 2010 – Keynote speaker

Semi Permanent 2010 Melbourne – Keynote speaker

ABC 3 TV Australia 2010 – Interview

Annecy Film Festival 12 June 2008 – Keynote speaker “Ratatouille: Some ingredients we left out”

Annecy Film Festival 13 June 2008 – Keynote speaker “Ratatouille: Some added ingredient”

1 Day Pixar Animation Masterclass Canberra ~ 11th November 2008 – Lecturer

IDEF 2008 Melbourne – Keynote speaker

2 Day Pixar Animation Masterclass Melbourne ~ 13th & 14th November 2008 -Lecturer

2 Day Pixar Animation Masterclass Sydney ~ 17th & 18th November 2008 – Lecturer

UC Berkeley June 2007 – 3D pre-visulisation Judging panel.

Siigraph San Diego 2007 – Judging panel

CGEvent Moscow Dec 2006 – Keynote Speaker

Publications

2013 “A comparison of workflow and collaboration” – Short Film ‘Ylem collaboration” Creative Emergence Festival. Margaret River.

2012 Brave – Pixar Animation Studio – Animator

2011 Cars 2 – Pixar Animation StudioAnimator

2010 Toy Story 3 – Pixar Animation Studio – Animator

2009 Dug’s Special Mission Pixar Animation Studio – Animator

2009 Mater’s Tall Tale Pixar Animation Studio – Animator

2009 Up – Pixar Animation Studio – Animator

2008 WALL- E – Pixar Animation Studio – Animator

2007 Ratatouille – Pixar Animation Studio – Animator

2006 Happy Feet – Warner Brothers – Animator

2006 CSI 3 dimension of Murder – Animator

2005 Bone: Out of Boneville – animator

2005 Telltale Texas Hold’em – animator

2005 Constantine – animator

2004 Hellboy – Animator

2003 The Matrix “Revolutions” – Animation Supervisor

2002 Men in Black ll – Lead Character Animator

2002 Blade ll – Lead Character Animator

2001 Evolution – Lead Character Animator

2001 The One – animator

2000 Hollowman – Animator

2000 Mission to Mars – animator

1999 The Haunting – animator

1999 Star Wars Episode I “The Phantom Menace” – Lead Character Animator

1998 Behind the Magic – Lead Character Animator

1998 Grim Fandango – Character Animator

1997 Masters of Teras Kasi – Animator

1996 The Frightners – Digital Compositor