Darwin-raised Dan Hartney wanted to become an animator at a very early age.  However, back in the 80s and 90s Darwin opportunities for a career path in animation were next to nothing. After a stint working as an editorial cartoonist in Hanoi, Vietnam, he secured a job with Darwin Production Company Burrundi Pictures (Yolgnu Boy) where he got busy teaching himself animation.

He successfully applied to the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne where he taught himself 3D computer animation to make his award-winning film Buckethead. The success of Buckethead led to a twelve year freelance career in Melbourne where he directed commercials, music videos, films and computer game cutscenes for a variety of high profile clients.

Dan moved back to Darwin in 2012 to raise his family and continues delving into the unlimited possibilities of computer animation on a daily basis.

Credits in Order:

Not Like Them (Serina Pech - Settle Down TV) - Dan Hartney Director
Galapagos Field Trip CDU - (Charles Darwin University) - Dan Hartney Director
Fishing the Wild Intro (Run for the Hills) - Dan Hartney Animator
Space Robots of the Forgotten Future - (planet of Animation) - Dan Hartney Director
Addiction and The Brain - No Smokes - Dan Hartney Director
NT general Store  TV Ad- Dan Hartney Director
Star Wars Lego TV Ad - Hive Creative Melbourne - Dan Hartney Animator
Buckethead Short Film - Victorian College of the Arts - Dan Hartney Director
Space Chimps In-game Cinematics - Zero One Studios - Dan Hartney Director
Pest Control Music Video - Director Peter Leary - Dan Hartney Animator/Producer - Animators at Large
Relationships Australia NT - Safe to Share - Dan Hartney Director