20 February, 2015
For immediate release
BIG COOKIE STUDIOS CELEBRATES AFTER WINNING INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR 3D ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO
New Sydney animation and visual effects house, Big Cookie Studios, is celebrating after winning three international awards for its stunning 3D animated music video ‘Little Darling’ for local band, The Secret City.
The 5-minute music video has recently won a 2015 Los Angeles Movie Award and Los Angeles Spotlight Film Festival Award for Best Music Video. Last year the clip won a Bronze AEAF Award for Best Animated Music Video, being the only Australian award winner in the category. The clip has also been shortlisted for the 2015 Byron Bay Film Festival and the Capital City Film Festival in Michigan. On Australian television it has been featured on Rage and Channel 7’s Morning Show.
Big Cookie Studios is the brainchild of Oliver Morton-Evans, a graduate of The Design Centre, Enmore where he studied animation and visual effects following 7 years working with The Wiggles. He started Big Cookie Studios recognising the need for more opportunities to be provided for talented, but still inexperienced, artists to enhance their career prospects. “My plan is to integrate junior artists with more highly skilled, professional lead artists into the team of each project so they can gain vital experience, mentoring and contacts,” he says. This has already paid dividends, with a number of the junior artists that worked on the clip having picked up jobs on high profile projects such as Gods of Egypt, Antman and The Adventures of Figaro Pho.
‘Little Darling’ tells the story of the enduring love between a boy and a girl trapped inside an automaton clock and their frustrations with being unable to embrace. When the boy stumbles upon a method to free himself from the clock’s mechanism, he must go on a dangerous adventure to save the one he loves…
The concept for the video was a collaboration between The Secret City band members Brendan Morello and Rusty Lynch, BCS owner/producer Oliver Morton-Evans, writer/director Damian Smith as well as co-writers Maarten Beldman and Frank Gauntlett.
“As Big Cookie’s first project, creating the music video for Little Darling has allowed an amazing team of passionate local artists to pour all their imagination as well as technical and artistic talent into, what is essentially, a ‘Michael Jackson-style’ filmic experience,” Morton-Evans says. “It’s been a huge undertaking for a new company with a crew of 18 working day and night on a total of 116 shots and we are immensely proud of the result.”
The Secret City’s Brendan Morello is equally enthusiastic. “Choosing a brand new studio like Big Cookie could have been considered a risk, but we were so impressed with their passion and interest in our music that we decided to give them a go and it’s paid off in spades. Given how ambitious their pitch to us was, the end result is nothing short of wondrous”.
For further information and to request interviews, please contact:
Oliver Morton-Evans, Big Cookie Studios
Tel: +61 2 7901 8246