Simon Allen  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.
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    Simon Allen

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    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