Behind Nickelodeon cartoons such as The Penguins of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda: Legend of Awesomeness is a team of animators who just happen to be based out of New Zealand. We look inside Oktobor Animation (formerly Omnilab-owned visual effects house Oktobor) and talk to head of production Rob DiFiglia and managing director Bruce Everett about New Zealand's blossoming digital creative scene.
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...as Fiona Woolley swaps postage for precision German engineering, Insight Creative hires a new strat man, Matt Shirtcliffe reprises a South African role, 3rdeye gets Pearced, Nicky Dunn swaps TV for shoes and Oktobor finds a new friend in Radiate Sound.
Special Group and Salt Interactive's 'Orcon Business Banner' was a hit with the StopPress punters when it launched and it also tickled the fancy of the judges of the Digital Craft section. Oktobor, which recently announced it would be moving out of the advertising sandpit to concentrate on its new cash cow animation, also picked up gold in Digital Craft for Shihad's 'Sleepeater', which was a fitting way for a production house that has performed very well at Axis over the years to say farewell.
Oktobor's managing director Bruce Everett told Stuff in September last year that the company's commitment to advertising was still deep, despite the fact it was steadily being transformed into "visual effects, animation and digital creative convergence studio". Well, the connection to advertising wasn't that deep, obviously, because Everett has announced that Oktobor won't be offering TVC and VFX services to the advertising and commercials market on a day-to-day basis anymore and will instead shift resources across to the relatively recently christened but obviously very successful animation arm, Oktobor Animation.
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A television campaign that was created for the University of Florida Health System, UF & Shands, by Auckland visualdigianimation studio Oktobor and directed by Tracey Rowe from Robber's Dog has taken out a Best of Show nod at the 2010 Aster Awards, an annual US contest that recognises excellence in healthcare marketing and advertising.
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Visual effects and animation studio Oktobor has appointed Bruce Everett as its new general manager. And his first task? Announcing a few more appointments, of course.