We are a media production and training company that specialise in creating animated videos that communicate messages to culturally and linguistically diverse audiences.
We offer three services
Create illustrated and animated videos and stories (incorporating more than one language) for
oganisations. More on our videos
2. AV eBOOKS
Create audio/visual ebooks using our italk Bilingual Stories app
Conduct training sessions using the italk Bilingual Stories app (and can train your trainer to do the same)
All our videos are freely available to watch from this website italk Library, and italk Studios YouTube channel
italk Studios are based in Darwin and Alice Springs, Northern Territory. We work both in the Territory and interstate. Our staff frequently travel to meet the needs of our clients around Australia – and we can work virtually.
While a face to face meeting is always beneficial in the beginning stages of a project it is also possible to work together virtually by conducting meetings over Skype and phone.
italk Studios Director:
Phone: 0408 899 121
italk Studio Manager:
Phone: 0404 152 404
We usually accept payments in three installments at the beginning, middle and completion of productions.
We can provide a contract at your request.
italk Studios have worked with budgets ranging from $12k up to $120k
There are three main factors that contribute to determining the cost of a video production.
1. The content – How much information is to be communicated, who will be involved in writing the script, how much consultation will be involved in deciding on the content and developing the script.
2. The media – How detailed will the imagery, animation and sound be.
3. The languages – How many language versions will the video be produced in.
The length of time it takes to create a video depends on the same factors that determine the costs of production. We generally complete larger productions within a few months.
Yes – upon negotiation.
We generally recommend keeping the videos to around 5 minutes’ length. If an educational video runs for longer that 5 minutes there is a risk of losing the audiences’ attention. If there is more information than can be communicated within a 5 minute video we recommend looking at producing a series of videos.
italk Studios follow an eight steps production process: establishing the project team, content development, script writing, image design, audio recording, post-production (bringing it all together), promotion and distribution, and quantitative data for evaluation purposes. More here
An animated video has a number of advantages over a live action video:
• The audience engages imaginatively with the story and characters
• The story can be more imaginative, funny and flexible – try filming a crocodile dancing!
• It is easier to organise as actors are not involved in the filming
• It is more flexible to make revisions and changes
• In Aboriginal culture, if a person who appears in a video passes on, the community may request the video to not be shown for a period of time
Animated and illustrated stories are similar. The main difference is that an animated video has more movement and action. Depending on the content and scope of information one wants to communicate, and animated video can be more engaging. It generally takes longer to produce. italk Studios often combine illustration and animation techniques to create the best outcome for our clients.
Potentially. Talk to us.
Yes. We love it!
We provide our clients a High Definition and web ready version of their video. HD formats are used for large projections. Web ready formats are used for streaming, downloading, sharing etc. We can also produce formats for TV and radio.
Videos are available to watch for free from the italk Library, italk Studio YouTube channel and the italk Bilingual Stories app.
There are two options:
1. italk Studios have the copyright and give our clients a non-exclusive license (they can do whatever they want with the video).
2. Our clients have copyright and italk Studios have the rights to publish the video on the italk Library and YouTube channel and social media.
If our clients agree, we like to make their videos available for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-SA version 4 licence). This is to enable the production of other language versions of the video. More here
Give us a call. If you give us some dot points that covers the information that you want to communicate we can promptly provide you with a proposal and quote.
An AVebook is a spoken illustrated electronic book, such as can be found in the italk Bilingual Stories app.
Stories are seen and heard page by page in English and other languages. Users can:
• View bilingual stories
• Create bilingual stories
• Recreate existing stories in other languages
IPad, Mac and Windows computers. We are working on an Android version.
1. Download the app
2. Create a user profile
3. Download and watch existing stories
4. Create stories
5. Recreate stories in other languages
You can make an unlimited number of language version of your story.
Contact us. We can make your story public and/or sharable on the app.
As well as the italk Bilingual Stories app we also have Western Arrarnta language and culture app.
The italk Bilingual Stories app is a fun, easy and empowering tool you can use to inspire your training participants (as a group, mini-groups, pairs or individuals) to:
1. Articulate a message they wish to send to the world
2. Create a story around that message (or to use an existing folklore/traditional cultural story)
3. Visually design the story through a series of images
4. Record audio – narration, dialogue and/or music for the story in any number of languages
5. Share the story on the italk app
Creating an italk AVebook is a creative way to use digital technology to bring groups together on common issues. It is a valuable tool that empowers groups who often feel disempowered.
More on AV ebook Training here
Our italk Trainers can help in two ways:
1. Technical Training
Within two hours you are likely to have the technical process of creating a AV ebook down-pat (with multiple languages, if desired), ready to confidently take into your next training session. All you need is a computer (PC or Mac) and/or an iPad.
Because of our experience with group story-telling, italk Studios can also talk through key strategies to guide your participants with effective story-making content development tips. This includes plot development, visual design, narration, dialogue and music.
More on AV ebook Training here
We can meet at your workplace or ours. Or online via Skype.
We have italk Trainers at the ready to travel to your workplace – wherever you are – and demonstrate how your group can make a truly engaging AVebook using our italk Bilingual Stories app. Or you can visit us at our Darwin or Alice Springs offices
Our italk Trainers can take you through the technical paces of the app through screensharing via Skype and also discuss key approaches to effective group story-making.
It depends on if you wish to meet face-to-face (at your workplace or ours) or online (using Skype). As a basic package – we recommend four hours of training:
• 2 hours: Technical app usage training
• 1 hour: Effective group story-making techniques
• 1 hour: Follow-up training (after you/your trainers have experimented with the app)
4 hours of training: AU$800 (+ travel, if required)
Yes, we can. Contact us for a quote
It generally takes 2 hours to have the basic technical skills understood and applied successfully.
The current version of the app is free. italk Studios is developing a version with more features. Once launched, the advanced version will be sold at a fee and a basic version will be offered at no cost.
Yes, you can do this – and at no cost. But italk Studios acknowledgement is required.
Nothing at all. But italk Studios acknowledgement is required.
Yes, please acknowledge italk Studios.
Unless otherwise specified, italk Studios own the copyright and have provided a Creative Commons license to facilitate the production of language versions.
italk Library has become a community service as thousands of people access it to get information and learn stuff. Following is a list of organisations that we know have used the italk Library.
Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission
Royal Flying Doctors
Central Australian Women’s Legal Service
Western Australia Department of Corrections
Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service
Wirrimanu Aboriginal Corporation
Northern Territory Catholic Education
Northern Territory Department of Education
Northern Territory Department of Corrections
Western Australia Department of Corrections
Western Australia Department of Education
Western Australia Department of Health
Canberra Institute of Technology
Queensland University of Technology
Alice Springs Hospital
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi
Wide Bay TAFE
The Centre for Cerebral Palsy
Traditional Credit Union
Australian Securities and Investment Commission