Associate Producer, Post Production Co-ordinator
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.
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:
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.
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."
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
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
THE AMAZING PEOPLE AT SEAWORLD AND THEIR LITTLE PENGUINS
THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE OF WARRNAMBOOL