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2011-2012 multiplatform production

Multiplatform Production  |  Digital Ignition


Multiplatform Production

ARMELLO
Game for touch screen devices
League of Geeks
Writer/Producer/Director Trent Kusters
Marketplace Surprise Attack
Synopsis A digital card and board game for iPad, featuring a rich and visual game narrative pitched as Game of Thrones meets Kung Fu Panda in which players compete to become ruler of the Kingdom of Armello, playing as anthropomorphised animals from different ‘clans’. It will be distributed for free via digital distribution with revenue arising from in-app purchases.

AUSTRALIAN ENCOUNTERS
10 x 3 min animated history series
Suitcase Murphy
Producer Duncan Imberger, Josh Moore
Executive Producer Sue Maslin
Marketplace ABC
Synopsis Based on Shane Maloney’s column in The Monthly magazine, this series tells 10 fascinating true encounters between a renowned Australian and an international mover and shaker, presenting a fresh perspective on some intriguing moments in the grand narrative of Australian history.

DIRTGIRLWORLD INTERACTIVE GARDEN APP
Interactive app for touch screen devices
mememe Productions/Tequila
Producer/Writer Cate McQuillen
Director Pete Gately
Marketplace ABC, BBC, CBC (for the TV series)
Synopsis Based on the successful animated TV series, this app offers a range of fun activities for kids to encourage them to spend time in their garden nurturing their own veggie patch.

FIGARO PHO INTERACTIVE ADVENTURES
Games for touch screen devices & PCs
Chocolate Liberation Front
Producers Frank Verheggen, Dan Fill
Online Producer Chris Sullivan
Writer Matthew Phipps
Marketplace ABC Commercial
Synopsis A suite of three games aimed at 8–12-year-olds designed to capitalise on the release of the 39 x 8-minute animated ABC TV series. The games will be in the side-scrolling platform genre, available for touch screen mobile devices, as well as a lite-version to be played online.

MACGUFFIN’S CURSE
Puzzle game for computer and handheld devices
Brawsome
Producer Andrew Goulding
Check Credits Andrew Goulding, Ben Kosima
Marketplace Steam
Synopsis MacGuffin’s Curse puts you in the shoes of magician-come-thief Lucas MacGuffin who swipes a mysterious amulet in a bungled heist, which not only triggers the troubled city of Feyre into automated lockdown, but also curses him with the power to save it from corruption.

MICRO NATION
15 x 4.5 min/1 x 62 min comedy series
Freehand
Producer Linda Ujuk
Head Writer/Director Andrew Garrick
Marketplace Network Ten
Synopsis The forgotten island nation of Pullamawang has seceded from mainland Australia and is home to a cast of larger-than-life characters including young citizen Emma who desperately wants to leave. The absurd habits and comfortable lives of the islanders are thrown into disarray and conflict by the discovery of diamonds, thwarting Emma’s dreams of escaping to the wider world.

THE PAPER FOX
Interactive animation for touch screen devices
Torsion Fork Studio
Producer Joe Tabor
Writer/Director Jeremy Kool
Co-writer Amanda Kool
Marketplace Bento Box Interactive
Synopsis An interactive adventure book for iPad and Android tablets. Not simply an interactive story, The Paper Fox is a ‘My First Adventure Game’ for young players. A charming story with integrated games that will suit a young audience; the humour and unique art style will engage children and adults alike.

PELEDA
Online game and short animation series
Vishus Productions
Producer Luke Jurevicius
Writer/Directors Luke Jurevicius, Nathan Jurevicius
Game Developer Fiasco
Marketplace ABC
Synopsis Peleda is set in a highly stylised fantasy world that pits good against evil as players try to reclaim the land from an evil queen.

TIME TREMORS
Multi-platform TV series
The People’s Republic of Animation/Xenophile Media
Producers Sam White, Patrick Crowe
Writer Dennis Foon
Creative Director Alex Mayhew
Marketplace ABC, CBC
Synopsis A 7 x 3-minute live-action TV series with a Harry Potter-esque narrative that sends viewers online on a virtual treasure hunt looking for valuable artefacts through web and mobile platforms. An Australia/Canada co-production.

THE STRANGE CALLS
6 x half-hour comedy drama
Hoodlum Entertainment
Producers Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
Writer/Director Daley Pearson
Marketplace ABC2
Synopsis Hapless city cop, Toby Banks, is demoted to night duty in the sleepy beachside village of Coolum, only to find himself investigating strange late night phone calls that reveal the bizarre truth of the town – a place where men turn into chickens, mermaids fall in love with locals and cats return from the grave…

WONDERLAND
Interactive documentary
Chocolate Liberation Front
Producers Dan Fill, Frank Verheggen
Writer/Directors David Elliot-Jones, Lachlan McLeod, Louis Dai
Mentor Director Alex West
Marketplace SBS
Synopsis Wonderland explores the extraordinary and hard-hitting story of the sudden growth and subsequent implosion of Australia’s Indian student industry.

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DIGITAL IGNITION

BOTTERSNIKES AND GUMBLES
The Playroom and Omnilab Media/Ambience/Mighty Nice
App for touch screen devices
Executive Producer Patrick Edgerton
Transmedia Producer/Director Cora Spear
Creative Director David Webster
Head of Animation Darren Price
Synopsis Taken from the classic Australian children’s books written by SA Wakefield, Bottersnikes and Gumbles brings to life the hilarious animated stories about the evil Bottersnikes and their attempts to enslave the innocent Gumbles in their home in the dry Australian bush.

DIRTGIRLWORLD INTERACTIVE GARDEN APP
mememe
Augmented reality app for touch screen devices
Producer Cate McQuillen
Writer Cate McQuillen
Director Pete Gately
Synopsis Using augmented reality, this application for touch screen devices will bring kids’ gardens to life and allow them to experience nature like never before.

DOUBLE HAPPY VERSUS THE INFINITE SADNESS
Monkeystack
Online adventure game and transmedia property
Producer Justin Wight
Writer Simon Butters
Director Troy Bellchambers
Technical Director Shane Bevin
Synopsis Double Happy follows the adventures of two disturbingly cheerful rabbits as they set forth in a quest to save their world from the clutches of an all-consuming sadness.

ELEANOR’S QUEST
Robot Circus
App for touch screen devices
Producer/Writer Nick Hagger
Director Kevin Chan
Synopsis A ‘living book’; different every time the reader opens it, dependent on a variety of real-world factors including time and date, weather, and proximity to key events. Eleanor is an eight-year-old girl living in a picturesque coastal town called Seeker’s Bay. Every day her mum gives her a chore to do that puts her into contact with the town’s cast of residents. Every read expands on the stories that bind the community, ultimately strung together by a historical mystery as to how the bay got its name.

THE EVENTIDE
Loud and Clear Creative
Game for touch screen devices
Producer Joel Beath
Creative Director Keith Walsh
Creative Technologist Ben Beath
Synopsis A world exists just beneath the surface of our own where two factions of elemental energy beings are fighting an unseen war. As the Earth’s original inhabitants, the Eventide have grown weary of the human race destroying the planet. The bad guys, known as the Habitites, want to wipe out humans, but the good Eventide stand in their way. Children can now connect with their own personal Eventide, learn their ways, and over the course of an involved narrative, can connect with their society through gameplay, and help them in the ongoing war.

FENG SHUI MASTER
Many Monkeys Development

Touchable electronic computer game
Producer/Director Matt Ditton
Art Director Kevin McGrath
Synopsis In the flow of life, only a true master can control the balance of energy. In Feng Shui Master you keep the forces of life in balance. As the groundskeeper you maintain the harmony of your village as you learn to master the mischievous elements around you. Feng Shui Master is a deceptively sophisticated game that marries thoughtful narrative with unique gameplay.

THE FLOODS FAMILY FILES
Essential Media and Entertainment
App for touch screen devices
Producers Carmel Travers, Sean Bell
Writers David Witt, Colin Thompson
Director Steve Trenbirth
Art Director Deane Taylor
Creative Director Damian Stocks
Synopsis Based on a series of brilliant, rude, funny and scary novels by author Colin Thompson, The Floods Family Files is an app that will combine storytelling, animation, music and interaction for the delight of audiences on a global platform. An animated family feature film is also being developed.

GRANVILLE STATION
Elevator Entertainment
Interactive documentary
Producer Kylee Ingram
Director Sally Aitkin
Synopsis Through the eyes of two Australian filmmakers, this online experience will allow locals and outsiders alike to connect with the intersecting lives of the men, women and children who live, work and commute from Sydney’s Granville Station. Users take a virtual, or perhaps even real, ride on the train – meeting a diverse array of characters along the way and both learning and creating the story of Granville.

HARRY BUTTERFLY
Electric Yak
Motion comic
Producer/Director David Gurney
Writers Matt Costello, Victoria Madden
Synopsis An original ‘film noir’ story about a reluctant and dishevelled gumshoe that happens to have butterfly wings and a life span of just one day. Every day a new Harry emerges from a cocoon in his office to begrudgingly pick up the story. The darkly humorous narrative carries across six chapters and throws a femme fatale, a case and a whole bag of archetypal and murderous antagonists at Harry, all in the lead-up to the trial of a crime boss. Users will be able to help play detective and influence the outcome of the story.

THE HIVE
Smith & Nasht
Transmedia project including serious game and documentary
Producer Simon Nasht
Writer/Director Annamaria Talas
Web Developer Moonshine Agency
Synopsis The Hive seeks to explore and test the hidden codes of cooperation: whether the collective ‘hive mind’ of humanity can collaborate for the greater good, or whether we will be doomed by self-interest.

THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MARTHA GRIMSTONE
Two Bulls and The Grimstones
App for touch screen devices
Producer Roe Ritchie
Writer/Experience Designer Asphyxia
Director James Kane
Synopsis Based on The Grimstones, a series of books and live shows from author Asphyxia, The Mysterious Life of Martha Grimstone is a gothic fairytale about a girl who reads dreams, a baby boy with three legs, a mother who sews garments lined with warmth and joy, and a grandfather who heals people with his magic concoctions.

NEPTUNE’S PRIDE
Iron Helmet
Online strategy game
Producer Jay Kyburz
Synopsis Players take on the role of leaders of their star system in an unstable galaxy where no one is to be trusted. While fleets manoeuvre for position, the real battle is fought at the negotiating table. What promises will you make, and will you keep them? Are you the hero in this story, or the villain?

QUICK QUEST
Defiant Development
Action-role playing game for touch screen devices
Producer Morgan Jaffit
Synopsis Quick Quest sends players on task-driven fantasy-themed quests through a ‘rune-gate’ in order to face the challenges that lie there, with each mission influencing the wider narrative context of the political machinations of the town of Tyr

RINGBALIN
Goodmorningbeautiful Films
Interactive documentary
Writer/Director/Producer Ben Pederick
Producer/Writer Jocelyn Pederick
Producer Julia de Roeper
Web & App Developer Katalyst
Synopsis Each year a group of Indigenous people from several different nations come together for a ceremony (‘Ringbalin’) in the form of a pilgrimage down the Murray River from Queensland to the Coorong. The purpose was to strengthen Indigenous culture and raise awareness of the environmental stress on the river system. Ringbalin will turn this ceremony, filled with Indigenous stories, song and dance, into an interactive documentary that gives users the experience of a virtual journey in the company of the pilgrims.

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