Director Alex Weight Jumps on Board with Sixty40 in Sydney
From the release,
10th April 2018 – Sydney-based animation house Sixty40 is excited to announce the signing of award-winning writer, director and animator, Alex Weight.
Weight’s global career spans two decades immersed in advertising, film and television, as a writer/director and in senior roles across animation and VFX, working at companies including Rising Sun Pictures, Animal Logic and Flying Bark. He is also a script consultant at Script Central, Australia.
Most recently Weight worked with Will Gluck on the animated feature ‘Peter Rabbit’ as additional animation supervisor and wrote and directed the Chinese animated feature film franchise ‘Frog Kingdom 3’ and ‘Frog Kingdom 4’. Prior to this, Weight was co-director of the animated feature ‘Blinky Bill: The Movie’, re-vamping a classic character for a new audience. He was also animation supervisor on Zack Snyder’s ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’ and lead animator on Oscar-winning animation feature ‘Happy Feet’.
Weight’s short horror film ‘Prank’ was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Sydney Underground Festival and has screened at film festivals including Shriekfest in Los Angeles, the NYC Horror Film Festival, Melbourne’s Monsterfest, Knoxville Horror Film Festival, and most recently at Cannes Underground Film Festival.
Originally launching his career in advertising, Weight has delivered on campaigns for brands including Toyota, ABC, Sony, VW, Arnotts, Bank of New Zealand and Tiger Beer. He is excited to return to his roots after spending many years in film.
Commenting on his signing, Weight says: “It is an exciting, collaborative environment that supports creative freedom. The team are known for producing high-quality, engaging and informative content, with an emphasis on storytelling, which I’m naturally excited by.”
Adds Sixty40 executive producer Will Alexander: “We are thrilled to welcome such an experienced and creatively-driven storyteller who adds to our strong and diverse roster. His commitment to craft and unique eye for story and character development will ensure he’ll be kept busy tackling exciting briefs from the get go.”