The University of Technology Sydney’s Animal Lgoc Academy (UTS ALA) has announced that writer/director Alex Weight is joining the Academy’s teaching team as Creative Lead.
Alex’s international career spans two decades as a writer, director, animator and script consultant in senior roles across the animation and VFX industries, working at companies including Rising Sun Pictures, Animal Logic, Flying Bark and Script Central.
Most recently Alex worked on ‘Peter Rabbit’ and wrote and directed the Chinese animated feature films ‘Frog Kingdom 3’ and ‘Frog Kingdom 4’. He was co-director of the animated feature ‘Blinky Bill: The Movie’, animation supervisor on Zack Snyder’s ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’ and lead animator on the Oscar-winning animation feature ‘Happy Feet’.
“It’s an exciting time to be working in animation and visualisation with new production companies setting up and more work coming to Australia every year. I look forward to helping the next generation of animators and digital artists carve their own place in the industry” adds Alex.
Alex joins VFX Lead Matt Estela and Technical Lead Dan Flood to round out the Academy’s team of industry professionals teaching the Master of Animation and Visualisation – a one-year accelerated postgraduate degree that fast-tracks talented digital animators, artists and coders into professional roles in commercial productions.
“We feel privileged to be able to offer our students mentorship through Alex’s experience as a storyteller and animator in creating award-winning animation and visualisation projects – and look forward to seeing what the coming year’s group of exceptionally talented digital artists come up with,” said Head of Academy, Ian Thomson.
Alex is following on from Chris Ebeling, who played a crucial role in the development of the Academy since its inception in 2017 and has led the student teams to a number of national and international awards. Chris is moving on to co-found ‘Virtually Human Studio’ – a digital start-up exploring emerging technologies in gaming, data and mixed reality.