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After Animfx - 14 Observations

It's been over a week since the main AnimfxNZ14 conference day, which has given us all plenty of time to mull over everything that went down. Here are 14 life lessons and other such musings that Animfx inspired:

1. Song of the Sea deserves (at least) an Oscar nomination.


2. As with PikPok Games, a lot of success stories involve brushes with failure. It's an important part of the process.

Mario Wynands of PikPok Games spoke about 'Misadventures in Building an Enduring Game Studio'.

Mario Wynands of PikPok Games spoke about 'Misadventures in Building an Enduring Game Studio'.


3. Pagan Past + Invasions + Christianity + (Potatoes/Lack of Potatoes) + Lots of Water = Ireland.

Fabian Erlinghauser (Cartoon Saloon) talked about how Ireland inspired Song of the Sea.

Fabian Erlinghauser (Cartoon Saloon) talked about how Ireland inspired Song of the Sea.


4. This exists and this exists. 

Michael Polis discussed creating content for children in Hollywood.

Michael Polis discussed creating content for children in Hollywood.


5. There might be a time when every unique screening of a film has a unique soundtrack.

Stephan Schütze took us through a complex sound software in his Animfx presentation.

Stephan Schütze took us through a complex sound software in his Animfx presentation.


6. Globalisation is providing major opportunities for animation.

Dave Gougé, Dean DeBlois, Andrew Smith, Michael Polis, Fabian Erlinghauser and Chrissy Metge on the Animation Panel.

Dave Gougé, Dean DeBlois, Andrew Smith, Michael Polis, Fabian Erlinghauser and Chrissy Metge on the Animation Panel.


7. There's a strong negative correlation between the prevalence of death and female characters in games.

Stephan Schütze, Tara Brannigan, Laura Dubuk and Theo Baynton discussing Death & The Maiden.

Stephan Schütze, Tara Brannigan, Laura Dubuk and Theo Baynton discussing Death & The Maiden.


8. The papers Michelle Dickinson lectures for, at Auckland University, probably have the highest grades in the country.

Michelle Dickinson presented on Nanotechnology.

Michelle Dickinson presented on Nanotechnology.


9. There are still Hollywood screenwriters, like Dean DeBlois, standing up for valuable content and challenging narratives in major productions. 

Dean DeBlois discussed the development of How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Dean DeBlois discussed the development of How to Train Your Dragon 2.


10. We learnt the names and faces of the next generation of great animators and game designers.

The PIPI Presentations gave students the opportunity to pitch their animation ideas.

The PIPI Presentations gave students the opportunity to pitch their animation ideas.


11. Weta reckon we're pretty close to seeing fully animated and completely realistic human beings!

These are real people, not digital creations! Weta Day Conference, Day 2 of Animfx.

These are real people, not digital creations! Weta Day Conference, Day 2 of Animfx.


Michelle Dickinson arrived to her presentation in style!

Michelle Dickinson arrived to her presentation in style!


13. Carrell Gelato is super delicious!

Carrell Gelatos for afternoon tea.

Carrell Gelatos for afternoon tea.


14. In the words of Stephan Schütze, "be five years old" when watching movies, stop being overly critical and enjoy the ride. 

Audience at AnimfxNZ 2014.

Audience at AnimfxNZ 2014.

Did we miss anything out? What did you learn from AnimfxNZ14?

Photos from Grow Wellington employees and (in the case of the really good ones) Robbie Hunter Photography.