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Academic Biography

Sabrina Schmid is an artist, animator and practice-based researcher who joined the School of Computing in 2001 as Senior Lecturer in Computer Animation.

Originally studying painting, she attained her BA in Fine Art Painting with Distinction and post-graduate qualification at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Her combined interest in painting and the medium of film led her to specialize in animation, gaining a Graduate Diploma in Applied Film and Television in Animation at the well-known Swinburne School of Film and Television (now School of Film & Television, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Australia).

As a practicing animator since 1986, she has focused on animation as an art form and creative expression, a medium which allows for experimentation and innovation that is ongoing. Her first short animation films using experimental mixed animation techniques, were created as independent filmmaker and gained peer recognition through selection at prestigious international film festivals, (Ann Arbor, Mill Valley, Stuttgart, Hiroshima, Melbourne, Sydney, Bilbao, Cinanima-Portugal, Annecy, amongst others.) Prizes for her short animation ‘Middriffini’ included the ‘Yoram Gross Animation Award’ at the 1994 Sydney Film Festival, Australia, and ‘Award Winner in the Category of Art for Computer Animation’ at the international 1996 Australian Effects & Animation Festival in Sydney, Australia. Her independent films have been cited in key texts about animation.

Sabrina also worked as professional freelance animator at several production companies in Europe, where she directed, designed and animated program inserts commissioned by Kopp Film for the channel ZDF TV (1998, Germany), animated on puppet-animation series at the studio Folimage Valence Productions (1999, France) and worked as stop-motion animator on the TV series Pingu (1999, Switzerland) and at Scopas Medien for ZDF TV (2001, Germany) also animating the ‘Millenium Trailer 2000’ produced by Arte TV.

Sabrina's current research interest is in practice-based animation to investigate animation as a diverse and creative art form through computer animation. Her most recent short animations explore abstract imagery in form and experiment with digital techniques. The recent animations have achieved international recognition through recent film screenings and awards at competitive international film festivals (see under Research and Publication).


  • 2013, Interior (2D computer animation, 1 min, HD1080, U.K.)
  • 2013, Coincidence 1, (2D computer animation, 1 min, HD1080, U.K.)
  • 2011, Abstracted Reflections (2D computer animation, 3.35 min/sec, HD1080, U.K.)
  • 2009, Evariations (2D computer animation, 2.22 min/sec, HD1080, U.K.)
  • 2003, Scribblefish (2D computer animation, 1 min, DVD, U.K.)
  • 1996, One: Terra (animated film, drawn, 1 min, 16mm, Australia)
  • 1993, Middriffini (animated film, mixed techniques drawn/painted & 2D computer, 19 min, 16mm, Australia) *
  • 1989, Once As If A Balloon (animated film, drawing and photos, 3 min, 16mm, Australia)*
  • 1985, Elephant Theatre (animated film, mixed techniques, 15 min, 16mm, Australia) *

* denotes films which are held in the film collection of the National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA), ACT, Australia.


Cholodenko, A. (editor) 1991, The illusion of life : essays on animation, Power Publications in association with the Australian Film Commission, Sydney. (on p. 311)

Noake, R. 1988, Animation: The Guide to Animated Film Techniques First English Edition edn, Little, Brown (on p. 27)

Pilling, J. & British Film Institute, 1992, Women and animation: a compendium, The British Film Institute, London (on p. 113)

Wells, P. & British Film Institute, 1996, Emergent Animation: Australia, Around the World in Animation – Celebrating 100 Years of Cinema, The British Film Institute & Museum of the Moving Image, London (on p. 19)

Summary of Research Interests

Sabrina Schmid’s main research interest is in practice-based animation to investigate animation as a diverse and creative art form through computer animation. Recent work explores abstract imagery in form and experiments with digital techniques by transposing original animation techniques to digital drawing or painting within the animation design. She won a DigitalCity Senior Fellowship in 2007 and gained support from the University Research Fund in 2013 to build upon her previous animation work. Recent animations were selected for internationally competitive film festivals.

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Research Output

Colour & I Are One

Schmid, S., 19 May 2017

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Abstract Iterations III

    Schmid, S. S., 21 Oct 2016

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Current global trends in animation productions

    Schmid, S., 30 Jun 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Abstract Iterations

    Schmid, S., 26 May 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

    Abstract Iterations II

    Schmid, S., 5 Dec 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products