Hackett Films 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 education 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!).
Senior Producer & Business Development
Sabina comes to us all the way from the great state of Texas y’all, with a university degree in Video/Film Production. She has a wealth of content agency and account management experience, working on content for clients such as Volkswagon, United Airlines (US), Cancer Council & Stockland. From TVCs to magazines, Sabina has worked with brands strategically to create meaningful content that does everything from entertain to educate. She has always been a world traveller, calling Argentina & the UK home for brief stints and finally settling in Sydney for the past 8 years. She recently spent two months traveling around Africa and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, where she claims she almost died. We are glad she didn’t, as she has been a bubbly and energetic addition to the Studio Hackett team.
Lead Animator / Designer
Bryn 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.
Darcy graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and holds a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). As a director, Darcy is interested in Australian stories and, in particular, new Australian work. Darcy is always ready for a quick game of ping pong if you’re up for it.
Animator / Designer
Whether it’s animating, compositing, shooting stop-mo, or modelling 3D characters Michael’s inspired by all forms of animation. He’s comfortable working in 2D and 3D and if there’s a technical challenge out there that he hasn’t yet got his head around, then he’ll be on it while listening to 80’s disco bangers! After six months freelancing with us and six months at the ABC, Michael joined Studio Hackett full-time. His love for finding a creative and/or technical solution was a major influence on his time tutoring and demonstrating a 3D course over at UTS, from which he also graduated with honours. Got a problem? Not a problem! Like a cuppa? He’s got mad tea skillz too!
What our clients say
"In 2010 I came up with an idea for a humorous kids’ science book, How to Make a Planet. I asked a colleague in TV: “If I wanted Pixar in Australia, where would I go?”, and Hackett Films was suggested. From the very first meeting I knew I’d come to the right place."
Klepac Publishing – Ariana Klepac
"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
"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
"We worked with Hackett Films in 2011 for the first time on the 13th annual IF Awards broadcast and were delighted with the results for the motion graphics on screen at the event and for the broadcast. We would definitely work with Hackett Films again, they are a great team, brimming with good ideas."
If Awards – Annie Parnell
Studio Hackett is based at The Commons in Chippendale, only a 5 minute stroll from Central Station. In this beautifully refurbished brick warehouse we have access to a photography studio, a maker space, a podcast studio, and an outdoor basketball court, not to mention that the entire building is powered by 100% renewable energy. Come around for a meeting, we’ll make you a great cup of tea.