QUEANBEYAN filmmaker Marisa Martin never expected her first foray into animation, Tegan the Vegan, to be such a success.
The semi-autobiographical story of 12-year-old Tegan who faces opposition after deciding to become a vegan has resonated with audiences.
The stop-motion animation's broad appeal has seen it shown in several kids, vegan and vegetarian film festivals as well as industry events like the New York City International Film Festival and Flickerfest.
Ms Martin, 34, admits she was surprised by the success of her first animated project which was inspired by her own choice to become a vegetarian at a young age.
"You'd be surprised at the intensity of reaction that vegetarianism and veganism promotes in other people. I just got tired of being attacked so I thought I would make this little film," she said.
"I don't think it's my place to convert people but I just wanted people to think about [the issue] and raise that awareness."
Tegan and her friends are currently being displayed as part of the National Film and Sound Archive's Main Gallery exhibition.
"I was absolutely gobsmacked when they asked if they could put the puppets on display with a set," she said.
"I'm stoked it's in there."
Ms Martin is the director and animator of Enemies of Reality Film which is run out of her home studio.
Stepping into the studio is much like stepping into another world. In one corner is a collection of miniature sets and a drawer full of characters in various shapes and sizes.
"The appeal of animation for me is being able to create an entire world that is totally new and something people have never seen before," Ms Martin said. "Everything from the buildings to the clothes to the look of the characters, absolutely every detail we can control and create."
The trio is working on a new project, the Dellamorte Sisters, which they have developed as a television and book series.
"It's a steam punk alternate history of the world set in 1888 in Melbourne," Ms Martin said.
Ms Martin is hoping the film will be finished by the end of the year ready to be shopped around to distributors.
Ms Martin will discuss Tegan the Vegan, her career and future projects at a talk at the National Film and Sound Archive on Wednesday, September 4 from 5.30-6.30pm.
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