René Chandler – Director / Animator / Production Designer / Editor
René Chandler is an Australian filmmaker with a passion for all things animation. Her current interest is the stop motion medium, which led her to bring the story of Pablo and Adora to life in Dacryphilia.
In 2007, René undertook a Post Graduate Diploma followed by a Masters in Animation for Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Her films have screened at film festivals around the world.
René lives in New York, working out of her Brooklyn studio with her equipment, a growing collection of handmade stop motion figurines, and an alarmingly lazy cat.
Amanda Miha – Screenwriter / Voice Over Director
Miha is a playwright based in Melbourne, Australia, Her first one-act play was produced in 2007.
In 2012 she graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Advance Diploma of Screenwriting course and since then has had a successful season at the Melbourne Fringe Festival with her play Dacryphilia. Her screen adaptation of Dacryphilia was a semi finalist in the 2012 BlueCat Short Screenplay Competition and it has since been screened at festivals around the world.
Her short screenplay Negative Loop was a semi-finalist at PAGE, Shore Script and Screen Craft International Screenwriting competitions in 2015.
Her full-length stage play Stars of Track and Field was produced at La Mama Theatre, Melbourne in 2015.
So far in 2016 she has written an animated picture ebook, Butterfly Hands, which is illustrated and animated by René Chandler and currently available on iBooks.
Shelley Dresden – Producer
Coming from an education background in New Zealand, Shelley made the leap across to the film and television industry upon arriving in Australia.
In 2008, she completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Producing for Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. During her time at the VCA, Shelley produced and production managed a number of short films that have shown at many festivals, both domestic and overseas.
Following a stint in documentary, a Film Victoria internship lured Shelley into the world of animation. She is currently based in Melbourne working in children’s animation for television.