Dinner For Few – 43 Festival Awards…& Counting
“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.”
Nassos Vakalis was born and raised in Athens, Greece and studied animation at the CalArts.
He’s worked as an animator, animation supervisor and storyboard artist for studios such as DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros, Paramount, and Sullivan-Bluth and Universal/Illumination – and he is now working at Warner Brothers Animation.
Nassos wrote and directed (& contributed to the animation on) DINNER FOR FEW, produced by he and his wife Katerina Stergioupoulou. The film was completed with the help of German technical director, Eva Vomhoff who collaborated on the film technically and artistically — as well as helping Nassos with the animation. DINNER FOR FEW is a US-Greek co-production.
The original music is composed by Kostas Christides and performed by the Bratislava Symphonic Orchestra.
The film employs a nontraditional CG look. It uses flat graphic colors with dark outlines and hard shadows.
The stylistic approach is more relevant to the theme of the story and resembles a 2D-style, toon-shaded render compared to the 3D renders of contemporary CG animation. The film’s finale includes a bloodshed sequence animated in a cut out graphic approach using only red and black silhouettes.
DINNER FOR FEW was inspired by the economic recession affecting southern European countries like Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Nassos Vakalis grew up in Greece – and DINNER FOR FEW not only reflects his deep concern of the social and economic developments during the crisis but also highlights the inevitable and cyclical nature of the human affairs throughout history.
As of this posting, DINNER FOR FEW has been honored with 43 festival awards throughout the world — including the Borge Ring Award in Odense, Denmark which qualifies the film for Academy®-consideration.
DINNER FOR FEW teaser on YouTube:
Making-Of the music of DINNER FOR FEW on YouTube: