Hackett Film’s decided it was time to have a name that suits its multi-disciplinary approach, hence Studio Hackett. We still love motion graphics, animation and live-action but we also love design, digital educational and illustration and our new name encompasses all that we do.
James has guided the studio creatively and as a business since the early 2000s. His eye for design is remarkable. His technical knowledge, second to none. James is internationally regarded for his work and his skills and experience have enabled Studio Hackett to work in sectors that range from broadcast TV to educational games. His expertise is the lynchpin between story and design. James loves getting to the heart of a character and is happy directing live-action talent or animated characters. In his spare time, he has written a young adult fiction novel set in 2041 (coming to a bookstore and your Kindle very soon!).
Producer & New Business
Naomi greets you with a contagious smile and bright ideas for your business. At Studio Hackett she works with James to bring new business to the premise and to gnash out creative ideas that clients can utilise in the ever-changing production and video landscape. Off site, Naomi is ABC Kids star Nay Nay and created Tinkertime, a kids series that embraces STEM-based concepts in a slimy and engaging way. Naomi is a trained teacher, secondary English and Drama, and loves to talk about ideas that both engage and educate.
Lead Designer / Animator
Bryn’s specialises in beautiful design and elegant animation. He can traverse the dimensions; having the rare ability to work in 3D or 2D. Bryn is passionate about his work and when he’s not here with us he is hanging with his zine mates from Beef Knuckles. He has worked at Resolution and many other fine establishments in Sydney and Melbourne. BDJ has a BA and MA, he studied all things interactive and animation at Sydney College of the Arts and later at RMIT.
Animator & 3D
Ask Jo to do anything and the answer will be yes. He’s an extremely hardworking illustrator and animator with a can-do attitude. Jo is one of the industry’s young guns, winning the Hackett Encouragement Award at COFA Annual 2014 along with the COFA Animation Award for his short film, Vrána. He’s also unequivocally dedicated to perfection. That, and his keen animation sense, endeared us to him so much that we didn’t hesitate to offer him a full-time position. So now Jo glides to the studio five days a week on his bright green Penny skateboard.
What our clients say
"We have been particularly delighted with the collaborative and iterative approach the team at Hackett have taken to working with us, and we have loved the new ideas they have introduced that have challenged us to think about how we expand our brand."
Orygen – Kerryn Pennell
"The combination of talents they bring to the table - highly original thinking, a deep sense of commitment to making ideas work within sometimes limited resources, and an unblemished record of delivering on time and at the highest possible standard - makes them, in my view, the gold standard of creative companies in Australian television."
Zapruder’s Other Films – Andrew Denton
"Hackett Films are fantastic at turning raw concepts in to reality. They worked really closely with us at BLOKE to turn a character idea we had for the Maritime Museum in to a fully realised TVC and they added so much to the process along the way. Nothing is ever too much for James, Sarah and the team and they always go the extra mile."
Bloke — Mike O’Rourke
"Bringing vision, expertise and a highly skilled, passionate team to the table. Studio Hackett are a professional and innovative studio. They were able to collaborate and successfully navigate the inherent challenges of co-production to create the unique design that is 'dirtgirlworld', a 52 x 11 minute, groundbreaking preschool series."
Mememe Productions – Cate McQuillen & Hewey Eustace
Studio Hackett sits in the City of Sydney artistic hub, Chippendale. There is off-street parking for you beneath the studio. There are twelve desks, an edit suite and large meeting area where we can review and collaborate on your job. The layout is adaptable allowing us to do castings and small-scale shoots. Our friends Tactile Music have some space in our studio which enables fast, high-production value audio under the one roof. Come around for a meeting, we’ll make you a great cup of tea.