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Experience DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition after dark. Explore the exhibition, play a game, learn about animation and storytelling, and stay to watch a free DreamWorks Animation film.

Megamind/s with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Friday 11 October, 6–9pm | $35 adult, $30 concession, $25 Museum Friends | Bookings essential (fees apply) | Gandel Atrium

Join a panel of two senior lecturers and an alumni from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) for a meeting of (mega)minds. This locally grown not-for-profit is Australia’s most awarded 3D animation, game design and visual effects educator. Hear stories about the latest techniques in creating 3D animated films.

After the panel discussion explore the exhibition or relax in the inflatable lounge with our onsite bar.

Finally settle in for a free screening of Megamind (2010)*, the story of the most brilliant (though least successful) supervillain the world has ever known — who is more surprised than anyone when he actually manages to defeat his long-time enemy.

* Run time: 1:35 minutes

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Meet the panel

Since graduating from AIE in 2017, James Lucas has worked as a modeller and texture artist at Iloura and Method Studios and is currently at Quixel.

His credits include:

  • Aquaman (2018)
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 (2019)
  • IT: Chapter 2 (2019)
  • Men in Black: International (2019)

James primarily specialises in mixing procedural techniques with scan data to produce photo-real surfaces and after hours he dabbles in photogrammetry techniques for both surfaces and environment models. He also has a technical skill set, more specifically Python, C# and MEL.

Tom specialises in digital post-production, from rendering 3D animations to compositing computer generated imagery with real-life footage. His most recent job was as lead compositor on the award-winning short film Troll Bridge (2019), an adaptation of one of Terry Pratchett's Discworld stories.

Tom’s other credits include:

  • Me and My Mates vs. The Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
  • Locks of Love (2014)
  • Theatre of the Dead (2013)
  • The Story of Ned (2007)

Tom has been living in Canberra for the last 20 years where he teaches Visual FX and 3D Animated Films at AIE. Tom's students have graduated and gone on to work at studios like The Mill, Luma Pictures, SilverSun Pictures, Snowgum Films and Wildbear Entertainment on projects such as Troll Bridge, The Furies and The Fatal Conflict: Judea and Rome.

Dan Miller worked for 10 years as a digital art and visual effects teacher at AIE. During that time he trained many students to become 3D artists and go on to work for leading studios in Australia and abroad. Dan’s visual effects credits include Me and My Mates vs. The Zombie Apocalypse (2015). His graduates have worked on films and games including:

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
  • L.A. Noire (2011)

Dan also guided two groups of students to be awarded Best Animation at Tropfest for The Story of Ned in 2007 and Fault in 2008.

Dan was a director of Red Pixels, a Canberra studio doing web and television advertisements and other related cinematography work and has spent the last 10 years working as the Head of the VFX and Animation Faculty at AIE. This role involves developing the VFX and animation curriculum across all national and international AIE campuses. He continues to focus on industry employment outcomes for students through the AIE curriculum and teaching staff.

Stop motion curiosities

Friday 15 November, 6–9pm | $35 adult, $30 concession, $25 Museum Friends | Bookings essential (fees apply) | Gandel Atrium

Stop! Animation time! Hear a stop motion master animator share the wonders, passions, and challenges a career in animation brings. Once you’ve heard all about this art form wander through the exhibition or relax in the inflatable lounge.

Then get ready to fly the coop with a free screening of Chicken Run (2000)*. These precocious poultry are about to do a whole lot more than cross the road.

* Run time: 1:24 minutes

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How to Train (and build) Your Dragon

Friday 17 January, 6–9pm | $35 adult, $30 concession, $25 Museum Friends | Bookings essential (fees apply) | Gandel Atrium

Hang out with Toothless in the Atrium, hear how to bring full-size dragons to life and merge live-action and animation in an immersive theatre experience like no other. After the discussion, soar through Dragon Flight in the exhibition or challenge your friends to one of the games in our inflatable lounge.

Then get ready to witness something crazy with a free screening of How to Train Your Dragon (2010)*, the story of an unlikely friendship that turns an entire community upside-down.

* Run time: 1:38 minutes

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Pre-purchase food menu

Hungry? Plan ahead and pre-purchase a meal or picnic that can be picked up on the night. Order your meals when you book your tickets.

Please note: These menu items will NOT be available to buy on the night. However, there will be a range of drinks and snack options available at our onsite bar.

Gippsland & South Coast Cheeses
House-made baba ghanoush
Turkish carrot yoghurt dips
Marinated olives
Cured prosciutto
House-made sesame lavash
Pide bread

House-made falafel (v)
Pomegranate & quinoa tabbouleh (v, gf)
House-made baba ghanoush (v, gf)
Turkish Pide bread & butter (v)

Slow braised Moroccan lamb shank (gf, df)
Roasted vegetables & cous cous (df)
Shaved cucumber, heirloom tomato & toasted peanut salad (gf, df)
Turkish Pide bread & butter (v)


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