Because creative inspiration comes from the world around us, from our experiences — shared and individual — we post a bunch of things here. Whether it’s updates from the team, behind-the-scenes insights on projects, general inspiration, or just pretty things, this is the best place to get and stay inspired.

Supernaut is a design and animation studio in Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra.

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Nowehere Line : Voices from Manus Island (Trailer)

An animated short film, narrated by two asylum-seeking men detained in Australia’s Manus Island Offshore Processing Centre, recounting the dangerous journeys that brought them to the island and their memories of the riot that erupted in 2014.
In July 2013, the Australian Government introduced a controversial immigration policy, transferring asylum seekers arriving by boat to remote offshore detention centres on foreign Pacific islands. Seven months later, the Manus Island centre erupted in violence when police and guards put down protests with sticks, machetes and guns, and 23 year-old asylum seeker Reza Barati was killed.
We spoke to Behrouz and Omar, who are currently detained on Manus Island. This film contains recordings of these conversations.
WINNER: Best Short Documentary, Melbourne International Film Festival 2015
NOMINATED: Best Animation, Raindance 2015
SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR ANIMATION: San Francisco International Short Film Festival 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Palm Springs Shorts Fest 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION: British Animation Film Festival 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Interfilm, Berlin 2015

View the full film here:

Happy Holidays : The Fourth Awakens

Supernaut Studio Holiday Animation 2015/2016

Thanks for being a part of another great chapter for the Supernaut team in 2015 — as we head toward our fourth year!
We hope you have a safe, happy and relaxing wrap up for year and wish you all the best for the new year ahead.

Adventure on!!


Data Sculpture – Morphing Visuals

LA-based artist Refik Anadol has turned the media wall of the 350 Mission Building in San Francisco into otherworldly digital sculptures. The public art work is called Virtual Depictions and uses parametric data from the city to create the stunning visuals.

To do this Anadol used publicly available frozen datasets — on everything from transportation to city management, museum data and housing —put online by the city of San Francisco as part of their open data portal initiative SF OpenData. Meant for developers, analysts, residents, and whoever else wants to use it, Anadol combined it with Twitter’s real-time API service.

The frozen sets of civic data and pedestrians on the urban streetscape are combined with the real-time geolocated Twitter tags — and 3D point cloud data — fed through toolkit VVVV and various software including Cinema4D, Rhino, and Softimage XSI, to create dynamic visuals that are never the same twice.

Le Petit Chef — Bouillabaisse

The world’s smallest chef cooks a typical fish dish, ‘Bouillabaisse’… Bon appétit!

For this project, Skullmapping experimented with projection onto a dinner table — making use of a combination of 3D animation and motion capture, a miniature chef turns your dish into a projected grill.

Interpretation of perception

Original Film commissioned by Ideal Standard. For ‘An Interpretation of Perception’, I worked with raw EEG data collected by Ideal Standard that displays how the brain reacts to beauty vs functionality. I used the topographical data graphs as a starting point to bring the results to life using real world imagery. The movement is organic and familiar and representative of the brain waves they are associated with: sharp and erratic for the Beta waves and slow and milky for the Theta waves. The imagery takes the viewer back inside the brain whilst simultaneously reminding them of the beautiful and functional elements so often seen in nature.

The Nature of Dreams: A Continent in the Mirror

The Nature of Dreams: A Continent in the Mirror.

What a continent! Seven months of cycling northwards from the southern tip of South America has finally brought me to the Caribbean coast. Ostensibly this video is a 'highlights' reel of my journey so far, however beyond that I hoped to capture what has become the essence of my trip – the freedom of being able to think without distraction and follow a single thought to its very end. Although at times this continent and the routes that I have chosen have been hard and pushed me both physically and mentally, I can now take a step back and view the journey as a whole – I can really see that all the dreams that I had for myself are now playing out in my present day.

Filmed and Edited on the road by Ben Page

Music: Chequerboard – Indian Ink

Words: Alan Watts

Follow the journey:

Golden Touch

The simplest of concepts executed so brilliantly gives new meaning to an interactive video.

The Gap — Ira Glass

Daniel Sax created these great live-action motion graphics visuals to an Ira Glass interview. It will resonate with anyone who has been disappointed about the gap between their creative taste … and perception/development of thier skills.
The interview alone is great, it can be seen here —

Paul Ducco – Director

Here’s a fresh-off-the-edit montage of Paul Ducco(our Creative Director)’s Directorial work.

Paul is an award winning, design-led director, multidisciplinary designer and storyteller — crafting and exploring worlds worth many infinite thousands of words.
Never shy of new and shifting terrain, playing well with others and liking to work that way, Paul’s adventures are driven beyond individual screens, media and technology — through film and television, interactive and immersive projects.

AS you’ll know if you’ve visited the studio, or bumped into the team around the hood, Paul has two shadows … his dog Ella is one of them.