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As of the 17th of May 2021, CDW Ani­ma­tion is offi­cial­ly open for busi­ness and ready to take the ani­ma­tion indus­try by storm.

It start­ed as a dream for a world class ani­ma­tion stu­dio in Ade­laide, South Aus­tralia. What fol­lowed was a gath­er­ing of like mind­ed cre­atives, eager to be a part of a new wave of cre­ator-dri­ven, indus­try lead­ing animation.

Our team has been work­ing behind the scenes to cre­ate new, sto­ry dri­ven projects built for an emerg­ing gen­er­a­tion of adults who crave stun­ning, com­plex and mature ani­mat­ed content.

We are doing things dif­fer­ent­ly. Our team of writ­ers, artists, ani­ma­tors, and com­posers are already work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly and organ­i­cal­ly, side-by-side. Togeth­er we are bring­ing to life untold sto­ries of real and imag­ined worlds, vibrant, intri­cate and delighting.

Our direc­tor and vision­ary, Simon Scales, leads the team. His expe­ri­ence in con­cept art and pas­sion to build the Aus­tralian ani­ma­tion indus­try led him to found­ing CDW Stu­dios (Ade­laide based visu­al effects and enter­tain­ment design school) in 2012. Simon has con­tin­ued to build a com­mu­ni­ty made of world class indus­try artists who are pas­sion­ate about telling sto­ries and pass­ing indus­try secrets to the next generation. 

We’ve now brought on James Mar­shall as our Head of Stu­dio. James’ back­ground includes man­age­ment in VFX, video game and vir­tu­al real­i­ty devel­op­ment, film and TV, and invest­ment and busi­ness strat­e­gy. He’s here to help Simon push the bound­aries in con­tent cre­ation across mediums. 

Based in the heart of the Ade­laide CBD – Lev­el 4, the Myer Cen­tre, Run­dle Mall – we are also expand­ing our stu­dio space, expect­ed com­ple­tion August 2021. This expan­sion will more than dou­ble our stu­dio foot­print and give us the space we need to grow our team sig­nif­i­cant­ly over the next few months. 3D ani­ma­tors, rig­gers, VFX, light­ing artists and 3D mod­ellers are invit­ed to apply, with posi­tions for pro­duc­tion stu­dio, teach­ing, and com­bined roles now available.

CDW Ani­ma­tion is an artist’s stu­dio, led by cre­atives who are pas­sion­ate about new, Aus­tralian, cre­ator dri­ven con­tent. We are build­ing a stu­dio where the best pro­fes­sion­al and emerg­ing tal­ent can push cre­ative bound­aries, make cool stuff and have fun doing it. Togeth­er, we are work­ing on our vision to bring Aus­tralia to the fore­front of the ani­ma­tion industry.


CDW Ani­ma­tion is a stu­dio based in Ade­laide, Aus­tralia, that spe­cialis­es in devel­op­ment and art for IP for ani­ma­tion, video games, film and TV. We focus on cre­at­ing rich worlds and sto­ries through Con­cept Art, Sto­ry­boards, Pre­vis all the way through to final 3D/2D pro­duc­tion. We are active­ly devel­op­ing IP’s for stu­dios and also part­ner­ing with stu­dios around the world for video game, film and TV production.