Adam Phillips was born (1971) and raised in Narromine, New South Wales. He displayed a precocious artistic enthusiasm early in life. His mother recognized this talent for drawing when he was a toddler, and later maintained that he could hold a pencil correctly before he could stand up, and that he would sit on the floor for hours drawing spiders on his fingers and toes, and fill sheets of butcher's paper with doodles and scribbles.
In 1989, Phillips moved to Queensland to find work, and was later injured in an industrial accident. During his convalescence he dedicated himself to drawing, and in 1993 was hired by Disney to work as a tweener in Sydney. He was promoted in 1995 to the position of character animator, and in 1998 to effects director, a role in which he worked on several sequels to well-known Disney films.
In 2000, Phillips began his first animations in Flash, focusing on stories remembered from his childhood. Phillips is a devoted Ween fan and his flash work soon grew to include an official video for the Ween song Transdermal Celebration, as well as a winning entry in the cartoon category of the Flash Forward Film Festival in early 2003. Later that year, Phillips created Bitey of Brackenwood, the second episode in the Brackenwood series and runner up in The Greatest Story Never Told flash competition. During this period, Phillips also began writing book chapters for flash guides.
In 2004 Phillips left Disney to pursue his own interests. Since that time he has produced much content for his Brackenwood setting. He has also continued to do outside work as a freelance animator, writer and special effects designer.
Phillips has also expressed the intention of creating a television series, feature film, and various books set in the Brackenwood world.
- The Brackenwood series, consisting of 7 episodes
- Various other flash animations, including 30 shorts in 30 days and The Wish
- Sections in 3 books that teach techniques on how to use Flash
Phillips' long term project is making a Brackenwood feature film, and he has stated that there is a far larger story which has been only hinted at in his short Brackenwood episodes. As of August 2009, the Brackenwood feature film script is in development.
Phillips is also working on the Bitey Castle Academy which would teach art and animation techniques to other artists. The 'Academy' section of his website so far offers 4 chapters of a downloadable ebook on how to create graphics and animation in Adobe Flash CS3.
In 2015 Adam Phillips was willing to end Brackenwood, as he had not had the chance to produce anything for the series for a long period of time, and he, according to himself, had trouble recognizing the characters anymore. However once he subtly announced the death of Brackenwood with a drawing of Bitey approaching a portal, the fans showed immense interest, and Phillips was compelled enough to draw another series of images, showing Bitey going into the portal and entering the world of Brackenwood. Afterwards Phillips announced a Patreon page, with which he intended to try to be able to work full time on Brackenwood with the fans' support and funding. With the support from the Patreon Phillips was able to work on Brackenwood-related projects once a month, but hopes to be able to extend that time with more donations.
Phillips is currently working on a series of animated shorts detailing the various wildlife of Brackenwood called the Brackenwood Wildlife Documentary Series, or BWDS. All episodes are narrated by A.K. Alfadel. Phillips is currently able to work on an episode once every month, and streams the work on Twitch.tv for Patrons.