The She’s Not There project opened the Griffith Film School’s hosting of the CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision) congress at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane, on 20 November 2016. Conceived and directed by Griffith Film School staff Peter Moyes and Louise Harvey, the project utilised motion capture of a vocal performance by Christine Johnston for the 3D animation of a fictional cabaret singer, Ms. Burly Chassis. Retaining the vocal track laid down by Christine, composer Cameron Patrick arranged the music from The Zombie’s 1965 hit She’s Not Therefor live orchestral presentation. The utilisation of a virtual camera to re-present a pre-rendered animated performance for presentation alongside a live orchestra was unique in its mixing of media and modes of delivery.

She’s Not There: ‘performance’ and ‘making of’ videos:

Associated reading:


Cameron Patrick (Orchestrator: Star Trek Into Darkness, Jurassic World, etc.) - composer, orchestrator, conductor;

The Queensland Conservatorium Ensemble Orchestra;

Christine Johnston (Madame Lark, The Kransky Sisters) – voice and performance (motion-capture performer and real time);

Peter Moyes (GFS staff) – project producer;

Louise Harvey (GFS staff) and Peter Moyes – project conception and direction;

Louise Harvey and Jessica O’Neill (GFS alumni) – 3D modeling and animation;

Myrna Gawryn – character and performance development;

Jayden Van Win and Tay Kelly – background animation;

Ashley Burgess – virtual camera operator;

Peter Luff and Daniel Fossi – QCGU musical consultation and assistance;

Max Cowen – Logemas technical direction;

GFS Technical assistance: James Stafford, Brett Wiltshire, Erik Malan, Mark Burkett and Adam Wolter and Tyson Foster (GFS alumni);

QCGU Technical assistance: Cameron Hipwell and Len McPherson.


She’s Not There words and music – Rodney Terence Argent (Rod Argent).

She’s Not There is generously supported by the Griffith Film School, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research.