Some of us indie folk dream about winning the Oscar, others could care less about such accolades. (I wouldn’t mind working on an Oscar film myself, but hey, to each their own.) We at Indie Cinema Showcase love animated features and all the hardwork put into them. We also think there is some stiff competition in the Animated Shorts category at the Academy Awards this year, including Florida Film Festival favorite, “Fresh Guacamole” by PES. What’s interesting, even reassuring, about fellow Oscar Nominee, “Adam and the Dog” is, it was self-financed with a volunteer crew who worked nights and weekends for TWO YEARS to finish it. Who of us hasn’t done this? Two years later, they’re Academy Award Nominated!
For all you experimental animators, if you saw Wreck It Ralph in the theater, you saw a really cool animated short at the beginning called, “Paperman.” The clean technique used in this short is what has gotten much attention as of late. Walt Disney Animation’s YouTube page had this to say;
Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.
(BTW – If any of you animators or ani-fans curious about this technique, check out “Paperclips,” a series of behind-the-scenes footage on Walt Disney Animation’s YouTube page about the inspiration and work put into the making of “Paperman.”)
2013 Best Animated Short Film Nominees
“Adam and Dog” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films)
“Fresh Guacamole” PES, director (PES)
“Head over Heels” Timothy Reckart, director, and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, producer (National Film and Television School)
“Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare“” David Silverman, director (Gracie Films)
“Paperman” John Kahrs, director (Disney Animation Studios)
The 2013 Oscars will air live on ABC, February 24th at 8pm, and the Scientific and Technical Awards will be announced (but not broadcast sadly) on February 9th.