Wednesday, 1 October 2008


I met Geoff and Phill, "The Simmonds Brothers" back in 2005 when we invited them to Auckland to speak to a group of enthusiastic educators about life, music and animation. They use a unique combination of real life stories, retold and recorded then set to their own very individual style of animation. Their most recent documation project, 'The Making of the Volunteers, the world's first animated reality series is chronicled weekly in a mash-up of documentary footage and cutting-edge animation'.

This mix really works as a medium for retelling stories and sharing 'voice'. The Simmonds share some of their films including some behind the scenes thinking on creating them. My favourite is Pearl, Florrie and the Bull.

Great to see some films by students mixing it up and has me thinking more broadly about student voice...see below from Onehunga High.