Two years ago a child’s drawing of a robot was animated by Australian production house Ludo Studio and uploaded to Facebook. The response to the concept was overwhelming and spawned the ABC original series Doodles with the support of Screen Queensland and Screen Australia.
Now it’s third season, Doodles has made the move to ABC ME and episodes 1 and 2 are available now on ABC iview and through the ABC ME app. This season sees producer Meg O’Connell and new writer and director, Benjamin Zaugg join the Doodles team at Emmy Award Winning Ludo Studios.
‘Screen Queensland is proud to have supported the Doodles project from its development phase and congratulate Ludo Studio on their third season,’ said Screen Queensland Chair Linda Apelt.
‘The Ludo team truly captures what our local industry is all about – we are dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial – and a series like Doodles holds great international opportunity for Ludo to once again put Queensland on the global map as being leaders in screen.’
‘Doodles is all about engaging with the audience wherever they are – radio, online and broadcast – and bringing their ideas to life in new and surprising ways,’ said writer / director Benjamin Zaugg.
‘Kids are so excited to see something from inside their heads come to life on the screen…it’s this excitement that continues to make Doodles fresh and fun for us to make.’
Ludo is also releasing a Doodles activity book with Australia’s biggest independent publisher, Allen and Unwin, and available from 23 November 2016. You can view the book trailer here.
Ludo director and Doodles book author, Daley Pearson, encourages kids to submit their drawings: ‘snap, tag and share your original drawings inside and follow the instructions, and your characters might just end up on TV! And if you get stuck on a page tweet me, @Daley_Pearson, so I can help you.’
Ludo will also be attending Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival, taking place in Gympie, and also supported by Screen Queensland’s Screen Culture program — presenting a workshop with writer, director and animator Benjamin Zaugg and composer Joff Bush on the making of Doodles.
DOODLES DROP-IN at Heart of Gold:
Date: Sunday 9 October 2016
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Place: Prospector’s Hall Gympie
No bookings (free)
‘With Doodles, the little dudes are the core part of the process — we’re playing in their worlds. We have to imagine the kinds of gags and stories our Doodlers would want to see from their creations. How they would like to see their drawings move and talk,’ says Benjamin.
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