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3|Thirty Judges Announced
Let the judging begin! We have assembled an awesome team of local, interstate and international judges.
WAM BAM RE-ANIMATED (THE RECAP)
The WAM BAM animation competition was re-launched and run recently over the weekend of July 20-22. It was the first WAM BAM in five years. The competition began over a decade ago in Fremantle where it was held at the Film and Television Institute, then it moved north of the wall to Joondalup TAFE. After a hiatus for both it and the WAnimate group, the WAM BAM has returned to encourage and inspire the Western Australian animation community in a gladiatorial, yet friendly, event.
The WAM BAM always begins with each team selecting three-words out of hat. This time the words were chosen from three categories: Animal, Character Trait and Colour. These words were then used as a creative guide to the conception, making and completion of a short animation over a 48-hour period.
There were 15 teams who delivered 13 animations. Four of the teams were solo animators and the remaining teams had three to five members. The teams came from media and animation businesses as well as training and education institutions such as North Metropolitan TAFE, Curtin, Murdoch and SAE. This was the largest gathering of animators for a WAM BAM ever and reflected a diverse range of talents and levels of expertise.
WAnimate organisers noted the differences between this competition and the ones of the past was that entrants brought all their own equipment and had access to software tools that were simply not available previously; microphones, audio recording devices, additional keyboards was some of the equipment that was also part of the WAM BAM for first time.
Murdoch University’s Launchpad space at the Geoffrey Bolton Library was where the teams assembled on the Friday night to pick out their three-words and then hunker down to make plans and brainstorm the animations. This went on until late. Entrants returned at seven on Saturday morning and got down to it. On Saturday night, some of the teams slept over so they could get a jump on the next day’s work and everyone had to deliver by 6.30 on the Sunday evening.
The two days of the event were very much about the work. There was a great deal of focus and intense labour from the animators who were fuelled on coffee and snacks. Organisers and entrants were impressed with the size, amenities, furnishing and design of the Murdoch venue. The AARNet access and the profusion of USB ports and power-points made it easy for the teams to get on with the process of animation.
On Sunday evening the judges assembled. They were animators Andrew Buckley, and Steve Grant and X-Press writer David O’Connell. They deliberated for an hour before arriving at their decisions. The winning entrant was the film “Caramel Narwhal”. The title used two of the three words the team drew out of the hat. (The third word was “tense”) The team called itself Classy Glasses because every member wore glasses. The judges cited the film’s excellent design and continuous story as the reasons for the win. The team members received a cash prize and some excellent goody-bags. The viewing of all the entries took place on the large screen in the Student Hub. Original WAnimate committee members Kate Vyvyan and Ian Tregonning were among those present for the screening.
The quality of the entries and the size of the competition bodes well for the next WAM BAM. Western Australian animators and the animation-adjacent should keep their eyes peeled for WAnimate’s upcoming Three-Thirty Animation Competition which will run later in the year.
The WAnimate committee would like to thank WAM BAM sponsors Sandbox Productions, Comiczone, Event Cinemas, Murdoch University and ScreenWest for their amazing generosity which made this event possible. And excellent.