Rarely do I get to do something that is actually a benefit to the community. Usually what I do is all about flogging some product to an unsuspecting public.
A producer came to me with a request for some basic animation showing a newly arrived migrant family going about daily tasks (like going to the supermarket). This would be cut together with other footage to be used on a DVD to help educate migrant families how to cope with their new lives in Australia.
I was astounded to learn just how little information there was available to newcomers. Basic things like where to find frozen foods, not packing detergents with fresh veges etc. needs to be explained to someone who has lived for years in a camp in Africa.
Luckily my crude 2D animation skills were enough to get the point across for this DVD. I used a combination of Flash and After Effects. I must say I really learnt a lot doing this project and I certainly relish the opportunity to apply what I have learnt to a new project.