Director – Victoria Cocks
Victoria Cocks finished a Diploma in Multimedia & Animation in 2007 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Screen Production at Flinders University in 2010.
Working in a range of roles on short films and features has enabled her to observe directors’ decision-making processes whilst gaining a well-rounded understanding of cinematography, editing and visual effects.
Victoria’s passion for writing and directing came to fruition with her directorial debut on Wastelander Panda. The international success of the project has led to further directing opportunities, including Limbo, developed through the SA Film Corporation’s Digital 360 Lab, and the cut scenes for the Wasteland 2 video game.
Producer – Kirsty Stark
Kirsty began her film career in the camera department, winning numerous awards for her cinematography, including the ACS’s national Emerging Cinematographer Award in 2010.
After co-founding Epic Films, Kirsty began her transition to producing, acting as Executive Producer on the company’s first two shorts – L’Artiste! and Landscape Scene – before producing her first major project, Wastelander Panda.
Kirsty has helped to develop Wastelander Panda from its roots as a three-minute Prologue to the current series, Wastelander Panda: Exile. Kirsty’s early producing achievements earned her the Emerging Producer Award at the 2012 South Australian Screen Awards, and she now intends to build a career in feature film and television production.
Producer – Nick Batzias
Nick has been a participant in the film industry for most of his life, and a professional for the last 12. At Madman Entertainment, Nick works both in the assessment, acquisition and programming of films for Australia and New Zealand.
In late 2012 Nick started the Madman Production Company, part of the wider Madman group of companies and today he is Head of Production.
A passionate believer in film and creative development, Nick has worked with Screen Australia and State based government funding bodies, working with upcoming and established filmmakers. He has produced and executive produced both documentaries and narrative features.
Nick produced the documentary Save Your Legs! (52min) in 2005 which was broadcast on SBS and ABC Asia Pacific, and Executive Produced the feature documentary Not Quite Hollywood in 2008 which screened at festivals worldwide, was released theatrically and won the AFI for Best Documentary. More recently Nick produced feature Save Your Legs! (2012) and feature documentary That Sugar Film (2014). Wastelander Panda marks Nick’s first production of a TV/Web series.
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Director of Photography – Vivyan Madigan
Since completing the three-year Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen Production) course at Flinders University in 2009, Vivyan Madigan has worked as a freelance camera assistant and cinematographer.
Vivyan’s work on the previous series of Wastelander Panda earned him three Gold awards at the Australian Cinematographers Society SA/WA Awards in 2013, as well as the Golden Tripod in the Web and New Media category at the 2014 ACS National Awards. He previously won the Cliff Ellis Memorial Award for Pleased to Meat You.
Since completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Screen Production at Flinders University, Vivyan has worked as a cinematographer on multiple commercials, music videos and short films, including Landscape Scene, The Beekeeper and Long Time Coming. He has experience shooting on high-end camera formats, including RED, ARRI Alexa, SONY F-35 and s16mm.
Vivyan has also assisted on numerous short films, national TVC campaigns, feature films – including The Water Diviner, Deadline Gallipoli, Red Dog and Swerve – and the TV series ANZAC Girls, Danger 5 and Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures.
Production Designer – Chris Jobson
Chris has worked in the film industry since 1998, with an impressive record of professional feature films and television credits, including acting as Art Director on Snowtown, Swerve, Here I Am and Road Train, and Set Decorator on Beautiful Kate.
Now working as Head of Department, Chris has enjoyed the journey and the experience he has gained over the last 12 years. He has a broad range of skills and experience from working within different roles, day-to-day operations and procedures. He enjoys the process of servicing the scripts in the creative and artistic environment on feature films and TV series.
Chris’ most recent credits as a Production Designer include Wastelander Panda: Exile and Danger 5 Series 2.
Costume Designer – Theo Benton
Theo graduated from the NIDA Design course and went on to work at the ABC in Sydney, as Head of Department in both Production Design and Costume Design on various TV Drama Productions. During this 10 year period, Theo designed realistic & gritty TV on police, medical & period award-winning dramas, including Wildside, Police Rescue, Fallen Angels, GP & Bordertown.
Theo later freelanced on various TV drama series, short films, TV movies & features, including Water Rats, Supernova, The Postcard Bandit and Coffin Rock, and was Production Designer on the Film Lab feature Inner Demon. His most recent roles have included Costume Designer on Wastelander Panda, Turkey Shoot, The Pack and Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures.
Panda Head Design & Construction – Matt Jonsson
SFX Makeup & Hair Designer – Leigh Madden
Leigh Madden has been doing Special Effects makeup since completing Jay and Jay Makeup Academy in the late 80s and currently holds a Diploma in Specialist Makeup Services and an Advanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events obtained from Media Makeup Academy.
In the early years Leigh started out on a short film with Nicholas Hope from Bad Boy Bubby fame and continued his journey with various short film crews. Character teeth, blood effects, props, special foam latex and silicone appliances and application for characters have been his main role in these mini productions.
Recently Leigh has done second unit roles in makeup on two feature films, Inner Demon and One Eyed Girl, as well as worked as Makeup Supervisor for the current feature Horror The Pack and SFX Makeup Designer for the web series Wastelander Panda.
Editor – David Scarborough
David has been working as an editor since graduating from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Hons) in Screen production in 2008. In 2009 he worked as assistant editor on the US & Australian co-produced feature film Broken Hill before moving from Adelaide to Sydney to further his filmmaking career.
During his time in Sydney David worked for a range of production companies; editing documentaries, TVC’s, short films and music clips. From 2009 until 2012 he was employed full time as a video content creator for The Salvation Army, shooting and editing documentaries throughout Eastern Europe, Africa and South America.
Upon moving back to Adelaide in 2012 he edited the ABC’s Opening Shot film MeatWork. In 2013 he edited the three-part comedy-factual series, Hannah Gadsby’s Oz, working with Closer Productions for ABC’s Artscape and is currently editing another three-part documentary series, Good Job, to be completed by the end of 2014 and aired on ABC in 2015. He most recently finished editing the 6-part web series Wastelander Panda Season 2 to be released on ABC iView and digitally across the world.
VFX Supervisor – Jeremy Kelly-Bakker
Jeremy has worked as a filmmaker, writer and visual effects artist since 2008. He has contributed as a VFX artist to Harry Potter 6 & 8, Hunger Games 1 & 2, Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Great Gatsby, Prometheus, Red Tails and a number of other Hollywood features.
Jeremy’s independent works have been as a writer and VFX supervisor for the San Diego Comic Con award winning film Aurora, and as VFX supervisor for a number of local short films and South Australian productions such as Wastelander Season’s 1 & 2 and Danger 5 Season 2. He won Best Director in the NSW 48 film challenge and recently won awards for the short film he directed as part of the Changzhi film festival in the Shangxi province, China.
Sound Designer – Leigh Kenyon
Leigh Kenyon is a Location Sound Recorder and Sound Designer. Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, he has been working in the film community for the past several years on a stream of Dramas, Television Commercials and Documentaries, including ABC-financed The Disassembly Line and SAFC-financed 52 Tuesdays. In 2009 Leigh completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Flinders University, majoring in Film Production.
Leigh is driven by a passion for sound, technology and attention to detail, and has taken these ideals to build a reputation of quality in his work, as evidenced by consecutive nominations for Best Sound Design at the South Australian Screen Awards, including for Epic Films’ Wastelander Panda Series 1 in 2014.
Composer – Christopher Larkin
Christopher Larkin is a classically trained composer specialising in tailored music composition and sound design for multimedia. His achievements include Best Composition at the South Australian Screen Awards, Runner Up at the Australian Sibelius Composers Awards, official selection at the APRA Screen Music Awards, and works premiered by the Australian String Quartet and members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Chris’ output includes work for film and TV, including official campaign music for the University of Adelaide for two years running, Stratco home improvement stores, and music for internationally-recognised children’s show Figaro Pho, which received an ASSG award for best sound for animation. Chris’ output also includes music and sound design for games and the concert hall. Chris has composed the scores for all series of Wastelander Panda.
Colourist, Online & Mastering – Daniel Principe
1st Assistant Director – Brad Lanyon
Script Supervisor – Taera Shroff
Stunt Coordinator – Reg Roordink
Action Choreographer – Chan Griffin
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Production Manager – Christine Williams
Production Accountant – Denise Farrell
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