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ODDBALL

23RD HIGHEST GROSSING AUSTRALIAN FILM OF ALL TIME

MY ROLES:

Associate Producer, Post Production Co-ordinator

PRODUCTION YEARS

2014-2015

DURATION:

95 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

HAPPY FEET meets RED DOG in this hilarious and heart-warming true story about a mischievous dog who defies the odds and saves a penguin colony from extinction.

He’s loveable, loyal and quite the handful. In fact, Oddball the dog has a reputation in his local community as a bit of a troublemaker. So when his eccentric owner, Swampy Marsh, suggests Oddball could be trained to protect the endangered penguins on the nearby island from foxes, the authorities think he’s barking mad. But Swampy always likes to bite off more than he can chew. With the help of his beloved Granddaughter, the feisty farmer sets out to prove that man’s-best-friend can be penguin’s-best-friend too.

Shane Jacobson (Kenny), Sarah Snook (The Dressmaker), Coco Jack Gillies (Mad Max: Fury Road), Deborah Mailman (Paper Planes) and ‘Kai’ the Maremma sheep dog star in the box office hit with a heart as big as Australia.

PRODUCTION NOTES:

I was fortunate to collaborate with an experienced producing team in Richard Keddie (LITTLE FISH, GODDESS, HAWKE), Steve Kearney (an iconic Australian comedian) and Sheila Hanahan Taylor, whose production outfit PRACTICAL PICTURES is responsible for the wildly successful AMERICAN PIE and FINAL DESTINATION franchises.

I originally joined the ODDBALL team as the behind-the-scenes cameraman, shooting content for the electronic press kit, as well as the National Geographic 5x1 hour documentary series: ODDBALL: THE NATURE OF A MOVIE. As production wrapped, I was promoted to Associate Producer and Post Production Coordinator. My contribution to the film included:

  • Editing the original International Trailer 
  • Overseeing the creation of the PRACTICAL PICTURES animated logo
  • Managing the schedule, feedback loop and delivery for over 400 VFX shots in collaboration with DDP and the remarkable animation team at SURREAL WORLD
  • Line producing and 1st ADing the pick-ups shoot
  • Providing constant feedback on the edit
  • Sound editing Deborah Mailman’s opening Voice Over narration
  • Editing the Electronic Presskit
  • Compiling the written press kit
  • Collating the necessary paperwork to obtain the Producer’s Offset
  • Working alongside the Post Production Supervisor on delivery requirements for our international sales agent, Global Screen
  • Assisting on the Colour Grade at DDP
  • Providing feedback on the final sound mix
  • Supervising the online edit at DDP
  • Liaising with media outlets to promote the film

DISTRIBUTION:

VILLAGE ROADSHOW released ODDBALL theatrically and on all home entertainment platforms across Australia and New Zealand. International Sales Agent GLOBAL SCREEN have secured distribution for the film in countless countries around the world.

RECEPTION:

ODDBALL grossed over 11 million at the Australian box office, making it the most successful Australian family film of 2015 and the 23rd highest grossing Australian film of all time. The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning a 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Luke Buckmaster of The Guardian wrote, "Some kinks in the writing notwithstanding, ODDBALL is fun and thoughtfully minded, with a sweet charm that endears from the get-go." Erin Free of Filmink wrote, "ODDBALL's brand of fun-with-heart will hopefully click with local kids and their parents too." Matt Neal of "The Standard" gave a positive review saying, "You'd have to be heartless to hate ODDBALL."

AWARDS:

  • AACTA Awards - Best Cinematography - Damian Wyvill - Nominated
  • People’s Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film - Stuart McDonald - Nominated
  • AFCA Award - Best Supporting Actress - Sarah Snook - Nominated
  • FCCA Awards - Best Children’s Film - Nominated
  • FCCA Awards - Best Performance by a Young Actor - Coco Jack Gillies - WINNER
  • Seattle International Film Festival - Films4Families Youth Jury Award - Nominated

FESTIVALS:

  • Heartland International Film Festival 
  • Opened the Toronto International Film Festival for Kids
  • Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
  • Sedona International Film Festival
  • Sonoma Film Festival 
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
  • Cleveland Film Festival
  • Dallas International Film Festival
  • Miami International Film Festival
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Wisconsin Film Festival
  • Traverse City Film Festival
  • Tumbleweeds Film Festival
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Seattle International Film Festival

CAST:

Swampy Marsh: SHANE JACOBSON

Emily Marsh: SARAH SNOOK

Bradley Slater: ALAN TUDYK

Olivia Marsh: COCO JACK GILLIES

Jack Jones: RICHARD DAVIES

Mayor Lake: DEBORAH MAILMAN

Dog Catcher: FRANK WOODLEY

Zoe: TEGAN HIGGINBOTHAM

Sergeant Gosch: DAVE LAWSON

Judge Burns: TERRY CAMILLERI

Paul Watt: JOHN LEARY

Rich: JASON GEARY

Mitch: STEVE KEARNEY

Swampy’s Wife: ELOISE OXER

CREW:

Director: STUART McDONALD

Producers: RICHARD KEDDIE, SHEILA HANAHAN TAYLOR, STEVE KEARNEY

Writer: PETER IVAN

Executive Producers: CRAIG PERRY, JASON KOFFEMAN, JOEL PEARLMAN, SEPH McKENNA, FRANK DUNPHY, DARYL TALBOT, STEVE OEMCKE

Line Producer: NAOMI CLEAVER

Co-Producer: ELLA KEDDIE

Financial Controller: FELICITY STOWARD

Associate Producer: LACHLAN RYAN

Director of Photography: DAMIAN E WYVILL ACS

Visual Effects by: JOHN FRANCIS - SURREAL WORLD

Production Designers: BEN MORIESON, CARRIE KENNEDY

Casting: ANN ROBINSON - MULLINARS CONSULTANTS

Costume Designer: JEANIE CAMERON

Make-up Supervisor: KIRSTEN VEYSEY

Composer: CEZARY SKUBISZEWSKI

Editors: MARCUS D’ARCY, CINDY CLARKSON, MAX MILLER

Sound Designer: CRAIG CARTER

Sound Recordist JOHN WILKINSON

First Assistant Director: DAMIEN M. GRANT

Location Manager: JOHN GREENE

Warrnambool Liaison: PETER ABBOTT

Penguin Trainers: KATIE BROCK, JOHN MEDLAND

Dog Trainers: LUKE HURA, REBECCA FAULKNER

Script Editors: SHEILA HANAHAN TAYLOR, MEG LeFAUVE

SPECIAL THANKS:

THE AMAZING PEOPLE AT SEAWORLD AND THEIR LITTLE PENGUINS

THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE OF WARRNAMBOOL

 

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