AIT is honored to win Australian Production Design Guild’s (APDG) award for Best Interactive Design in 2015. AIT’s winning submission came from the collaborative “Lightwell” Vivid Sydney project! A collaboration between students and teachers, Lightwell explored the concept of collective expression and discovery. Participants worked together using hand gestures to ‘splash’ and scatter rippling coloured lights over a textured brick wall, revealing hidden designs and animations.

Large-scale illustrations and images were illuminated by the scattered light-paint, and when specific sections of the wall are touched by the light, other gems explode into life, in the forms of small animations, short film sequences and vibrantly coloured, animated designs. Further interaction triggers an ambient soundscape – a collection of rhythms and amusing one-liners – to accompany the animations and film sequences.

The APDG awards are just one way that AIT connects with industry, creating the best possible opportunities for our students. As a major sponsor of the event, AIT also presented the “AIT Award for best design on a short film” which was taken out by Peter Pound – Principle vehicle designer and storyboard artist for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road.

George Liddle, president of the APDG commended AIT for it’s commitment to industry, especially through the bi monthly Industry evenings. Recently events have included: In conversation with Jocelyn Moorhouse, the director of the Dressmaker and The design behind Mad Max: Fury road with Art directors Jacinta Leong and Colin Gibson. Check out the interview with art director Colin Gibson.


Check out the video from the Lightwell project:


AIT Interview with Mad Max art director Colin Gibson:

Special mention to superstar coordinator of Film Patrick Huang who produced the showreel and graphics was asked to run the audio for the evening! A big thankyou to Tamara Popper, Industry/Internship Liaison Officer for getting behind the work of teachers and students alike. Future students should check out the APDG for submission dates for 2016.


We will see you again next year!