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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.

Stop-motion curiosities with Daniel Agdag and Melanie Etchell

Friday 15 November, 6–9pm | $25 adult, $20 concession, $15 Museum Friends | Bookings essential (fees apply) | Gandel Atrium

Stop! Animation time! This session is all about stop-motion, with master animators Daniel Agdag and Melanie Etchell from the Public Office Studio in Melbourne.

Hear their passion for hand-created cardboard worlds, and learn how they bring them to life, one frame at a time. Be blown away by the intricate detail of Agdag’s award-winning short film Lost Property Office and then explore DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition with a new perspective on what it takes to create animated films.

Relax with friends in the inflatable lounge, enjoy a drink at the onsite bar and finish the night with some laughs at the free screening of Chicken Run*. These precocious poultry are about to do a whole lot more than cross the road.

* Run time: 1:24 minutes

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Program (times subject to change)

5.30pm

Doors open

5.30–8pm

Broadbean Catering bar

5.30–9pm

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

5.50– 6pm

Film screening: Lost Property Office (short stop-motion film)

6–7pm

Lecture: ‘Stop-motion curiosities' with Daniel Agdag and Melanie Etchell

8–9.30pm

Film screening: Chicken Run

Meet the panel

Daniel Agdag is an Australian artist and filmmaker. He began his studies in fine art before turning his hand to film-making. He received his Masters in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008.

Agdag is a triple Dendy Award winner at the Sydney Film Festival, as well as winner of the prestigious AFI / AACTA Award in 2017. His film Lost Property Office (2017) was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Short Animation.

In addition to film-making, Agdag creates and exhibits mesmerisingly delicate works made from cardboard. His works can be found in collections worldwide including one of his most ambitious private commissions for Hermès in Paris.

Melanie Etchell is a designer working across branding, print, motion, and the built environment. She and Daniel founded Studio MJ&A and have been working in tandem on film, art and design projects for over a decade.

Her practice traverses analog through digital. She meticulously designed and handcrafted the costumes for Lost Property Office, Agdag’s AACTA-Award winning animated short film, and completed the visual compositing, colour grade and title design.

Her commercial practice sees her work with a variety of clients to achieve projects across a range of industries and disciplines.

Lost Property Office trailer 00:47

Official trailer of Daniel Agdag's award-winning short film Lost Property Office

Animated fantasy to animatronic reality – with Philip Millar

Friday 17 January, 6–9pm | $25 adult, $20 concession, $15 Museum Friends | Bookings essential (fees apply) | Gandel Atrium

Join puppet designer Philip Millar as he discusses bringing fantasy creatures to life using puppetry, animatronics and complex hydraulics. Learn about the nature of movement design for the giant dragons by Creature Technology Co. from the How to Train Your Dragon – Live Spectacular and discover the unique challenges of these productions.  Afterwards, visit DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition and take off on a Dragon Flight, or challenge your friends to a game in the inflatable lounge.

The night comes full circle with a free screening of How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

* Run time 1:38 minutes

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Philip Millar is one of Australia’s leading puppet artists, with 30 years of experience as a performer, designer, maker and director of puppetry for theatre, film and television. He has worked on projects such as How to Train Your Dragon – Live Spectacular, Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, King Kong and Radio City Music Hall’s, Lady Liberty and is currently the Artistic Director of Melbourne-based puppet company, Puppetvision.

Program (times subject to change)

5.30pm

Doors open

5.30–8pm

Broadbean Catering bar

5.30–9pm

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

6–7pm

Lecture: ‘Animated fantasy to animatronic reality' with Phillip Millar

8–9.30pm

Film screening: How to  Train Your Dragon

Pre-purchase picnic

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

Please note: This menu item 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

Acknowledgements

An ACMI touring exhibition developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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