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Animal Logic Receives Byron Kennedy Award at AFI Awards

Animal Logic CEO and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Producer, Zareh Nalbandian last night accepted one of the Australian Film Institute’s (AFI’s) top honours at its annual AFI Awards gala in Melbourne.

Animal Logic Receives Byron Kennedy Award at AFI Awards

Press Release from Animal Logic

(December 13, 2010) Animal Logic CEO and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Producer, Zareh Nalbandian last night accepted one of the Australian Film Institute’s (AFI’s) top honours at its annual AFI Awards gala in Melbourne.

The Byron Kennedy Award is presented by Kennedy Miller Mitchell in association with the AFI and is awarded for outstanding creative enterprise within the film and television industries. The award is given to an individual whose work embodies the qualities of the late Byron Kennedy: innovation, vision and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Past recipients include Roger Savage, Jane Campion and John Polson.

A spokesperson for the Australian Film Institute said ‘we chose Animal Logic for its aesthetic and technical excellence in computer graphic imaging. Under the stewardship of Zareh Nalbandian, this visual effects house has risen with the digital revolution to become one of the world’s leading companies’.

In accepting the Award, Nalbandian thanked the AFI for offering this important award that acknowledges and encourages filmmakers who strive for excellence. Nalbandian said it was especially great for Animal Logic to be acknowledged for its work over the past 20 years by its peers in the Australian film industry.

He went on to thank all the great filmmakers Animal Logic has collaborated with over years for the opportunities they have created, and the incredibly talented, creative and dedicated teams at Animal Logic past and present.

About Animal Logic

One of the world's most highly respected digital production companies, Animal Logic produces award-winning design, animation and visual effects for the film, television and advertising industries.

Established in 1991, Animal Logic quickly built a clientele and established its position as a leader in its field. Having achieved success working with advertising agencies and television commercial directors, the company expanded into feature film work in 1996.

Animal Logic’s continued commitment to the production of television commercials, series and feature film visual effects gives teams of experienced digital artists exposure to ideas and techniques shared across all types and scale of projects, from VFX-driven blockbusters to small, independent feature films.

Additionally, Animal Logic is focused on identifying and developing projects to be produced wholly by Animal Logic or in partnership with other production companies, filmmakers and/or studios. 

Animal Logic and Warner Bros signed a deal in May 2007 to co-develop and produce animated feature films; a partnership born out of the two companies’ successful collaboration on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film Happy Feet.

The company recently produced the animated adventure feature film Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga’Hoole, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen).  The film, based on the popular children’s book series by Kathryn Lasky, is being co-produced by Animal Logic was released worldwide in September 2010 and marks Australia’s first animated feature to be released in 3D stereoscopic.

The Film VFX team also joined forces with the visionary Director, taking on a challenging and impressive number of VFX shots for the upcoming action fantasy Sucker Punch.

Animal Logic was the leading VFX vendor on Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (2008) and in 2009, completed post-production for Alex Proyas’ action-thriller feature, Knowing. Other film credits include Happy Feet, 300, The Matrix, Matrix: Reloaded and Moulin Rouge.

Animal Logic has studios in Sydney and Los Angeles. Further information about Animal Logic is available at www.animallogic.com.

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