“Another thing that freaks me out is time. Time is like a book. You have a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s just a cycle.”
Who better to define animated loops than Iron Mike, former heavyweight champion of the world. And he’s right, time is just a cycle, a cycle which we challenge you to control, trapping it in a continuous feedback loop for all eternity.
Afraid? You should be…
THIS IS DE LOOP
LoopdeLoop is an animation challenge. Every two months animators from around the world create looping animations based on a given topic and upload them to www.loopdeloop.org. On the last Tuesday of every second month all of the posted loops are compiled and screened to a live audience at Loop in Melbourne, Australia. During the screening a winner is declared, who enters the hall of fame and has their loop featured throughout the following month.
In the beginning there was The Animation Club’s Secret Handshake event, and life was good. A monthly animation night organised by the wonderful Sarah Phillips and hosted by esteemed entertainer James Hazelden, the Secret Handshake screenings were a guaranteed great night out.
The screenings were fun, and encouraged local animators to create a new short animation to a set theme each month. They gave students and professionals alike an opportunity to have their work projected in front of a live audience and to experiment with new techniques.
GET IN DE LOOP
Following in the footsteps of Secret Handshake, LoopdeLoop gives animators an opportunity to network internationally through our blog and to rub shoulders locally with fellow animators at the monthly screening in Melbourne, Australia. Our goal is to connect people working in independent animation and ease the feelings of isolation that can come with the notoriously long hours involved in the creation of their work.
Rather than short films which can quickly balloon into daunting, all encompassing projects, we’ve opted to be a monthly showcase of animated loops. The idea behind this is to make creating work for the project more achievable and fun, much less intimidating than having to plan and execute a full animated narrative.
Looping animations are a great challenge to create, because they force you to refine an idea into a tiny nugget and pack a lot of time and effort into a short sequence of images. When executed well, the resulting loop is an engaging sequence which flows seamlessly and stands up to repeated viewings.
Loops are uploaded to the blog regularly so there’s always new content to view and vote upon. At the end of each month our committee will decide on two finalists based on their quality and popularity on the blog, from which the audience will select the winner on the night of the screening. The winner will then have their loop featured for the following month and both them and the runner up will receive a prize!
DE LOOP TEAM
In the interests of quality control, once submitted each loop will need to pass an initial judgement by our committee before appearing on the blog. This ensures that all posted loops are engaging, well animated, submitted correctly (in one of the specified formats), and run in a continuous loop.
Please note Loop De Loop is a non profit blog/event, run solely in the interest of good times and great memories. Everyone involved in the project is donating their time and expertise, and any money donated to LoopdeLoop@Loop goes back into the business, paying for server space, our mystical prize collection, and any other expenses.
Our highly qualified team are as follows;
Freelance illustrator, Lecturer and ex president of Illustrators Australia, Daniel has a keen eye for style and technique, and his knowledge of superheroes is so thorough that it’s a little disturbing.
A graphic designer, currently working at The Blue Vapours Creative Bureau, Simone is a multi skilled design professional with an eye for detail and the ridiculous things that make human beings so damned interesting.
Student, award winning animator and criminal mastermind, we reckon that Felix is a force to be reckoned with. His talents are prodigious, his feedback concise, and his beard… voluptuous.
One half of Rubber House animation studio and all round fancy man of animation, Ivan Dixon is a bandy armed pug loving maniac with a heart of gold! Just don’t say anything bad about Popeye around him…
Illustrator, Animator, and wearer of pants that suit him, Drew is a master multi-tasker. As proof of this he will be watching your work and offering you feedback while also eating a slice of toast.
Joanna Leitch is an animator, illustrator, and designer based in Los Angeles. She is development coordinator at Nickelodeon Animation, one-half of our LoopDeLoop LA team and she kind of really likes Star Wars… a lot!
Megan Jo Nairn.
Animator, lecturer, illustrator, comic creator and all round extraordinary girl, Megan has worked on many animated productions and is only too happy to share advice and baked treats with fellow creators. Megan now resides in LA and is the other half of our LoopdeLoop LA team!
A multi-skilled business manager with arts training, Mel is a stickler for detail and when ideas become too “creative” and go off the rails, she gets them back on track.
An Illustrator, designer, lecturer and animator, Neil is a child trapped in an adult’s body, like some sort of unending Tom Hanks nightmare. He teaches in the Diploma of Illustration at NMIT.
Captain of industy, Nath is one of natures greatest miracles, capable of both intricate code and stunning design, and can out dance anyone at a moments notice.