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Act3animation (Act3) is an Australian CGI company, specializing in character animation, based in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1992 by current creative director, Mike Hollands, Act3 has produced various TVCs, FMVs and short films.
After being founded in 1992, Act3 produced TVCs and promotional shorts up until 1999 when they broke into the video game industry with an E3 promotional cinematic for Blue Tongue Entertainment's Starship Troopers (2000), which won the AEAF award for Best Game Animation that year. Subsequent notable game cinematics include: Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis  (2003), RoadKill (2003), N.A.R.C., Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (2005), Neverwinter Nights 2  (2006) and Fury (2007).
In 2005, Act3 made its short film debut with two films: Anaka , a short film made to promote the game franchise of the same name made by fellow Melburnians Tantalus Media, and the award winning tragicomedy Piñata, which has been screened at various international animation festivals, most notably the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
December 2006 saw a new string added to Act3's bow, with the launch of Deakin University's Motion.Lab - an $800,000 24 camera Motion Analysis brand motion capture studio at its campus in Burwood, Victoria - with which Act3 is partnered: managing and executing its commercial captures.
As of 2014, Act3 is producing the web series Bup & Endo. Created, written and directed by Mike Hollands, episodes are released weekly on the YouTube channel Bup & Endo. The series is described as "an animated series starring two whimsical cartoon characters, Bup and Endo and the other odd characters inhabiting their strange world".
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- Bup & Endo YouTube Channel About Page
- Act3animation showreel
- Act3animation Youtube Channel
- Bup & Endo YouTube Channel
- CGSociety - Act3animation
- Deakin Motion.Lab homepage
- Case Study: Act3animation (PDF)
- Act3animation at the Internet Movie Database
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