Alexs spent most of his career working for the major Animation studios around the world, including over a decade at Walt Disney Studios in Sydney. During his years at Disney, Alexs was the Unit Director of Bambi II and Tarzan II, Supervising Animator on Lion King 1 1⁄2 and Senior Character Animator/SFX Supervisor on six Disney titles. After his years at Disney, he directed two seasons of Planet Sketch, an animated comedy show for Aardman Animation in England and subsequently joined Animal Logic in Sydney as Head of Story on Zack Snyder’s Legend of the Guardians. Alexs then joined Flying Bark as Series Director on The Woodlies. Alexs directed the successful international Maya the Bee – First Flight, and subsequently co-directed Blinky Bill – The Movie, and Flying Bark’s most recent feature film, 100% Wolf. Alexs now oversees Flying Bark’s slate of projects in development.
Jacquie began her animation career in South Africa and co-founded acclaimed animation
companies XYZoo Animation (1990) and Triggerfish Studios (1996). During her time as partner,
animator and director at both companies, she picked up numerous awards for children's
education and television commercials. She returned to Australia (her place of birth) in 2011 to work
as an independent animator and director.
During her 30 year career, she has worked with advertising clients such as Ogilvy & Mather, Young &
Rubicam, Leo Burnett, Network BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, Jupiter Drawing Room, Metropolitan
Republic, JWT, and TBWA. She has directed and produced educational content for Sesame
Workshop, UNICEF, PSI, Monash and Deakin Universities, as well as animated content for clients
such as the Australian Health Commission and UN WOMEN.
Her major achievements include a nomination for the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Berlinale for
her short film Beyond Freedom, creative director of animated content production for Sesame
Workshop's Takalani Sesame, director for UNICEF's multi-platform and multi-format SOPO
campaign, and various craft awards for children’s animation as a stop motion animator.
Ian Spendloff is a highly experienced Director, Art Director and Designer, with a particular focus on character led projects. He has created concepts, narratives, characters and creatures for a host of thrilling projects, spanning advertising, series and immersive entertainment.
Most recently, Ian directed the animated storybook sequences for the Netflix film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. In addition to directing, Ian served as character and asset designer and art director. He was also responsible for the film’s end credit sequence.
Ian turned his aptitude as an Art Director to a new canvas in his work on the theme park dark ride ‘Pearl Quest’, for China’s Wanda Group. Ian led the design and development in re-imagining a classic Chinese folklore for the ride’s content, animated for eleven large-scale installation screens within the attraction. The project attracted a VES nomination for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project”
As art director and designer, Ian was instrumental in the making of Tooned, an animated series crafted by Framestore in partnership with Formula 1 giant McLaren. Tooned was highly praised, winning the Gold Clio, Eurobest and Lovie Awards, with the special edition Tooned 50 landing Ian a place in the D&AD book.
Ian also drove the iconic ‘Beats by Dre’ campaigns, providing the early concepts for the Pill characters right through to the animation.
In the world of Title Design, Ian has co-directed opening titles for Channel 4’s Formula 1 coverage, and a series of Beano idents for their recent rebranding. He has a passion for capturing personality in his work, and a natural ability to add humour, emotion and visual depth to any project, regardless of platform.
Jingle Jangle: Storybook Sequences 2020
Ciclope Festival Title Sequence 2018
Beano idents 2017
Formula 1 titles 2017
Wanda Pearl quest 2016
Beats by Dre 2012
Originally from Austria, Johannes Sambs began his studies in Audiovisual Fine Art before moving to the UK where he worked as a CG Generalist Freelancer in Advertising and Theatre Productions.
Johannes joined Framestore in 2018 as a Lookdev Artist and has gone on to become Framestore’s Senior Technical Director where he's been instrumental in creating work on showstopping projects such as Jingle Jangle for Netflix and Curfew for Sky Atlantic.
François has worked as a Compositing Artist on projects such as ‘Now You See Me’, ‘Pacific Rim’ and ‘The Host’. He completed VFX supervision of David Yates’ ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ and Ron Howard's ‘In The Heart of The Sea’, in addition to on-set supervision for ‘Lucy’. François recently supervised Rodeo FX’s contribution to ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and Andy Serkis’ ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’.
Among the hundreds of feature films, series, commercials and music videos from his long career, one of his most important projects was ‘Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ by Luc Besson, for which he delivered 363 dazzling shots including the opening sequence, the City of Alpha, as well as all the shots in space.
Beginning as a Compositing Artist, François moved to on-set supervision around the world and became a founding member of La Maison, a Paris-based high-end visual effects boutique where he worked on films like ‘The Man Without A Head’, ‘Demonlover’ and ‘Les Enfants De Timpelbach’, to name a few.
François is meticulous about the quality of his work and dedicated to his clients’ vision. His artistic and technical strengths, along with his absolute passion for visual effects, drive him to advance the creative processes of his team and solve challenges efficiently.
Maraiah joined the Sydney studio in 2017, working on Peter Rabbit, the first hybrid live action/animated feature produced at Animal Logic, alongside over 75 animators. Following this, she supported the delivery of The LEGO Movie 2, a cross-site project between Sydney and Animal Logic’s Vancouver studio and was an Animator on Peter Rabbit 2, working on a number of character performances from a cast of over 20 CG characters.
Most recently, worked on DC League of Super Pets and is currently working on The Magician’s Elephant with Netflix, directed by VFX veteran Wendy Rogers.
Maraiah has also worked as a 3D Animator at Big Cookie Studios and at Flying Bark as an Animator. She holds a Bachelor of Media Arts, Animation Major with Honours Class 1 from the University of New South Wales.
Cinzia Angelini, director and creator of animated films, has worked for major international studios in the animation industry for more than twenty-five years. While she started out as both a 2D and 3D animator, she later became a story artist for Warner Brothers, Sony Imageworks, Duncan Studio, Disney Animation Studios, Dreamworks and Illumination Entertainment. Her body of work includes Balto, Prince of Egypt, Spirit, Spider-man 2, Bolt, The Minions Movie and Despicable Me 3. Cinzia is currently directing HITPIG, an upcoming animated feature for Cinesite Studios.
Cinzia has also written and directed “Mila,” a high-quality CG short film about a little girl from Trento, whose life takes an unexpected turn in WWII.
Her idea of bridging cultural diversity through the magic of animation, led to an invitation to speak at TEDx Trento, and at TEDx Vail-Colorado.
Cinzia moved to Los Angeles in 1997, where she currently lives with her family.