A Few Shorts to Keep an Eye Out For….
There are a few short films to keep an eye out for this season…
1.) Riho Unt’s The Master (based on the short story, Popi and Huhuu by Estonian author, Friedebert Tuglas) tells the story of a dog (Popi) and a monkey (Huhuu) who are waiting for their master to return home. Once they realize their master is not coming home, Popi capitulates to each of Huhuu’s whims in a show of obedience and subservience. Huhuu, meanwhile, becomes a symbol of debauchery and lunacy.
2.) Julien Regnard’s Somewhere Down the Line examines a man’s life, loves and losses which are shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car.
The film is a 2D/3D animated hybrid produced by Jonathan Clarke for the Academy Award®-nominated Irish studio Cartoon Saloon under the Frameworks short-film scheme, co-financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and the Arts Council.
Somewhere Down The Line won Best Animation at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival this year.
3.) Produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Directed by two-time Oscar®-nominated animator and long-time NFB collaborator Cordell Barker (The Cat Came Back, Strange Invaders), If I Was God… “explores the difficult gateway between childhood and adolescence, when the approaching power of adulthood is often mistaken for omnipotence. Drawing inspiration from his own memories of a particularly awkward day in Grade 7, and using a variety of animation techniques, from traditional animation to stop-motion puppets and more, Barker creates a darkly whimsical 3D animated short film with an organic, hand-made feel that’s as imperfectly human as the world we all ultimately craft for ourselves.”
Cordell employed 5 different types of animation and went to extraordinary lengths to achieve the desired look and feel of this incredibly appealing short film.
According to Director Nassos Vakalis, “Dinner For Few is a ten minute CG-animated film depicting a sociopolitical allegory of our society. During dinner, ‘the system’ works like a well-oiled machine. It solely feeds the select few who eventually, foolishly consume all the resources while the rest survive on scraps from the table. Inevitably, when the supply is depleted, the struggle for what remains leads to catastrophic change. Sadly, the offspring of this profound transition turn out not to be a sign of hope, but the spitting image of the parents.”
“In this whirling, twirling automotive waltz, carefree cars cavort in all directions to the tune of “Que Sera, Sera,” while the black ooze that fuels them is unremittingly pumped from Mother Earth. If Busby Berkeley and Mel Brooks were asked to co-direct the apocalypse, it might look like this uproarious festival of destruction—the ultimate spectacle for our Big Oil-based civilization.”
Claude’s incredible drawing ability — beautiful, loose yet bold style, mixed with the film’s strong message makes it one not to be missed.