About

Company

Established in 2002 by design director Brendan Cook, pictureDRIFT is a creative team of designers, directors and animators producing innovative and outstanding visual communications through moving images, specialising in broadcast design, direction, animation and visual effects.

pictureDRIFT has quickly established strong client relationships and a reputation for delivering quality, innovative communication solutions across a diverse range of projects including Channel Branding, Program Packages, Television Promo's, Commercials and Music videos.

We aim for technical and creative innovation in every project and believe in a design process which requires research and experimentation combined with close communication and collaboration with our clients to ensure a highly successful outcome that answers and exceeds expectations of the brief and is relevant and effective to the desired audience. This philosophy ensures that our clients receive an outcome that is specific to their requirements, allowing them to stand out from the competition and is reflected in the diverse range of visual styles and technical approaches seen in our work.

2014: 35 Letters Feature Documentary (Sydney Film Festival Documentary Australia Foundation Award Winner)
2014: Playschool / Big Ted's Big Adventure Opening Titles
2013: MTV Summer Ident (Bassawards winner / Best Tv Ident Bronze)
2012: Nickelodeon Slime Fest Event Visuals and Broadcast Design Package (Astra Award winner / most outstanding general entertainment program)
2012: Playschool / Little Ted's Big Adventure Opening Titles
2012: Abc2 idents 
2012: A&E Channel idents
2011: Studio Channel Broadcast Design Package
2011: Gotye "Eyes Wide Open" music video (totalled over 12 million views on youtube)
2011: "Going Vertical" Feature Documentary Opening Titles and various animated segments
2010: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Event Visuals (2010 Promax BDA Wold Gold Design Award Winner)
2009: Gluteus Maximus Short Film - Annecy International Animated film festival 2009, Australian International Animation Festival, Flickerfest, Revelation Perth International Film Festival
2007: Gotye "Hearts a Mess" music video (SoundKilda Award Winner, Atom Award winner, IF Award finalist, Aria Award finalist, screened in over 15 international film festivals)
2006: Smog Rock Bottom Riser music video (SoundKilda Award Winner, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Holland Animation Film Festival, Bradford Animation Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival

Clients

Nickelodeon
ABC Television
The History Channel
MTV
A&E
Nitv
Fox Classics
Studio
SBS2
National Geographic Channel
Disney Channel

Sydney Opera House
University of Sydney

Gotye
The Temper Trap
Husky
Bill Callahan
Clare Bowditch
The Potbelleez

SOSS Creative
Flickferfest
Pusher
GPY&R

Awards & Festivals

2014

MTV SUMMER IDENT
- Bassawards winner / Best Tv Ident Bronze

35 LETTERS
- Sydney Film Festival Documentary Australia Foundation Award / Best Documentary  

SLIME FEST
- Astra Award winner / most outstanding general entertainment program 

2013

SLIME FEST / DARE TO BE SQUARE
- Astra Award winner / most outstanding PR promotions campaign

ABC2 HUMMINGBIRD IDENT
- Australian Effects and Animation Festival Finalist 

QBE INSURANCE TVC
- Australian Effects and Animation Festival Finalist 

2012

STUDIO ROMEO & JULIETT LIVE OPENER
- 2012 Promax BDA ANZ Gold Design Award (Best Music / Arts Promo) 

ARNOTT'S TINY TEDDY & SPOTTY DOG TVC
- Australian Effects and Animation Festival Finalist 

FLICKERFEST on MOVIE EXTRA
- Australian Effects and Animation Festival Finalist 

2011

GOTYE EYES WIDE OPEN MUSIC VIDEO
- Australian Effects and Animation Festival Finalist 

2010

ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR EVENT VISUALS
- 2010 Promax BDA Wold Gold Design Award Sales & Marketing Presentation 

2009

GLUTEUS MAXIMUS SHORT FILM
- Flickerfest 2009 World Premiere
- Annecy International Animated film festival 2009
- Revelation Perth International Film Festival 
- Melbourne International Animation Festival
- Australian International Animation Festival 

2008

NICKELODEON MANY FACES OF SPONGEBOB CAMPAIGN
- Promax BDA World Gold 2008 (Best Children's Campaign) 

2007

SAMSUNG BLACKJACK TVC
- AEAF Awards Finalist, Commercials animation 

NICKELODEON MANY FACES OF SPONGEBOB CAMPAIGN
- Promax BDA Aus/NZ Silver 2007 (Best Children's Promo)

NICKELODEON SUMMER OF SLIME CAMPAIGN
- Promax BDA World Bronze 2007 (Best Holiday Campaign) 

GOTYE "Hearts a Mess" MUSIC VIDEO
- anim'est International animation film festival 2008
- Romania Winner Best Music Video
- SoundKilda Film Festival 2007 Australia
- Winner Best Music Video Audience Award
- ATOM Award 2007 Australia
- Winner Best Music Video Award
- Fantasy Worldwide International Film Festival 2007
- Toronto, Canada (Special Recognition for Music Video/Animation)
- Aria Award 2007 Best Music Video Nominee
- IF Awards 2007 Best Music Video Nominee
- AEAF Awards 2007 Finalist, Music Video

GOTYE "Hearts a Mess" MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
- SoundKilda Film Festival 2007 Winner Best Music Video Audience Award - Australia
- ATOM Award 2007 Winner Best Music Video Award - Australia
- Brooklyn International Film Festival 2007 - USA
- Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival 2007 - South Korea
- Platform Festival 2007 - USA
- Melbourne International Animation Festival 2007 - Australia
- Sydney Film Festival 2007 - Australia
- Portable Film Festival 2007 - Australia
- onedotzero 2007 - UK / Worldwide
- Anima Mundi 2007 - Brazil
- Pictoplasma 2007 - Germany
- Fantasy Worldwide International Film Festival 2007 - Toronto, Canada (Special Recognition for a superb Production and Music Video/Animation)
- Bradford Animation Festival 2007 - UK
- Nemo 2007 – Paris / France
- Prix Ars Electronica 2007– Austria
- Impakt Panorama 2007 – The Netherlands 
- Australian International Animation Festival 2007 - Australia 

SMOG ROCK BOTTOM RISER MUSIC VIDEO - FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

- LA Film Festival 2007 - USA
- Melbourne International film Festival 2007 - Australia
- Pictoplasma 2007 - Germany
- St Louis Film Festival 2007– USA
- Kinofest 2007– Romania 

2006

SMOG ROCK BOTTOM RISER MUSIC VIDEO - AWARDS
- SoundKilda Film Festival 2006 Winner Best Music Video Animation / Best Music Video Audience Award 

SMOG ROCK BOTTOM RISER MUSIC VIDEO - FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
- Resfest 10 2006 - Worldwide
- onedotzero wavelength 2006 - Worldwide
- Ottawa International Animation Festival 2006 - Canada
- Holland Animation Film Festival 2006 - The Netherlands
- Bradford Animation Festival 2006 - UK
- Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006 - UK
- Prix Ars Electronica 2006– Austria
- Indy Music Video Festival NXNE Toronto 2006 - Canada
- FutureShorts UK 2006 - UK
- Byron Bay Film Festival 2006 - Australia
- Minimalen Kortfilmfestival 2006– Norway
- Lumen Eclipse 2006– USA
- AIACE Invideo 2006– Italy
- Lumen Eclipse 2006– USA
- Ihybride 2006– France
- Resfest (Digital Projections Australia) 2005 - Australia 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SUPERFLU PROMO
- Promax Gold & Silver Australia / NZ 2006 (Best Documentary Promo) 

NICKELODEON FLIPSIDE PROMO
- Promax silver Australia / NZ 2005 (Best Website / Interactive Promotion) 

2004

DIGIT 04 DESIGN CONFERENCE
- Featured Guest Speaker  

NICKELODEON YAKITY PROMO
- Promax silver Australia / NZ 2004 (Best Childrens Promo) 

NICKELODEON SARVOTE CAMPAIGN
- BDA World Bronze 2004 

2003

NEON - SHORT FILM
- Kaleidescope Film Festival - 2003 

2002

ODYSSEY CHANNEL
- BDA Gold - Best Id (Cable or Satelite) 2002 Australia / NZ
- BDA Gold - Best Overall Channel Design (Cable or Satelite) 2002 Australia / NZ 

IN DARKNESS UNDER THE SUN - SHORT FILM
- SBS award for best film St Kilda Film Festival 2002
- Noise National Arts Festival 2001 
- Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2001

Brendan Cook

Brendan Cook is an award winning Design Director and Founder of the Sydney based design and animation studio pictureDRIFT. 

Brendan’s music video, and film projects have screened in festivals throughout the world including Annecy Film Festival and Ottawa International Animation Festival, LA Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Brendan has created music video content for artists including Gotye, James Taylor, The Temper Trap, Bill Callaghan (Smog), Husky, Clare Bowditch and The Potbelleez. 

His recent feature film projects include directing animations for the feature documentary 35 Letters (winner Sydney Film Festival) and Zach’s Ceremony (premiering at Hot Docs 2016). Brendan has also recently created live visuals for James Taylor’s US tour and the WW1 Centenary exhibition exhibition for the Imperial War Museum of London.

Brendan has collaborated with an impressive range of Australian and international clients including Nickelodeon, MTV, ABC Television, Playschool, IWM (Imperial War Museums), The History Channel, National Geographic Channel, Disney Channel, A&E, Flickferfest, Pusher, GPY&R, the University of Sydney and the Sydney Opera House.