When it comes to animation it’s more than Saturday morning cartoons and that variety was on screen at Wagga’s Forum 6 Cinema.
The Australian International Animation Festival gave students and film-buffs the rare opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s top animators.
Lindsay Adams, himself a CSU graduate, was on the team which helped create the visual effects for Mad Max: Fury Road.
Mr Adams has also worked on Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, 300 and the Avengers.
Mr Adams said the animation industry was growing and always on the hunt for more talented artists.
“It’s not just removing a green screen but designing and creating that world,” Mr Adams said.
“From just the art of the moving character, the art of the background but also visual effects.
“It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of talented artists. There’s so many talented individuals, it’s still growth industry, if you’re a passionate artist, you can do really well and have a lot of fun.”
CSU graduate Sarah-Jane Petts returned to the city to see a friend’s film feature in the Australian showcase.
“There’s such a huge variety of mediums and you see the final product of people’s visions,” Miss Petts said.
“It shows all the different ways you can tell as story. A lot of films are in the festival because they are niche or specialist productions and just done for the love of animation.”
Animation and visual effects lecturer Andrew Hagan said the Wagga festival drew the same crowd numbers as metropolitan events.
Mr Hagan said having Lindsay Adams as a guest speaker was big recognition of the festival’s importance.
“It’s about rewarding imagination and creativity, be it a student or a guest,” Mr Hagan said.
“Now that we have CSU students who have graduated, experienced success, they’re coming back and inspiring other students.”