Wire Cutters (2014)
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 17:39
Wire Cutters is a short animated film created by artist Jack Anderson. It concerns two robots who run into each other while mining on a desolate planet and then fight over their minerals. The film introduces a lovable rover character that is a charming mix, but Unfortunately greed comes into play and both forget that sharing is caring. This 7-minute short film was created by Jack Anderson and served as his thesis in Digital Arts at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. and he said he did it with a “$0 budget but thousands of hours of love and about a YEAR of rendering. It has played (and won awards) at several festivals, including the Nashville Film Festival, the Anchorage International Film Festival and the Cecil Awards.
It's a very interesting film. He has been more prolific in the visual effects area actually, Anderson developed the storyboard idea with the goal of creating a fable-like story that was short, but ended with a clear moral. He specifically wanted to use the robot characters to look at greed and the human ability to ruin relationships over the smallest things. There was no budget for the film as it was done entirely on computers. it’s hard to imagine that anyone could read what this film is about (or watch the opening scenes) . one can’t help but expect a familiar story to play out: lonely robot meets other lonely robot and happily ever after eventually ensues. But towards the end, Wire Cutters breaks away from those expectations. That, in itself, is admirable, but what makes it effective (and especially entertaining) is that this departure does not betray the tone of the characters and story. Variety of Shots to demonstrate the desolation of the planet where these robots are mining, Anderson used several different camera perspectives. Unlike most animated films–or films in generally, really–Wire Cutters goes beyond the typical wide-shot, medium-shot and close-up. Angles like the following were not only effective in helping to better create this space in the viewer’s mind, but also helped break up what could have potentially dulled the viewer as monotony. "Wire Cutters" was one of the seven finalists in the animation category of the Student Academy Awards. FINALIST: 2015 Student BAFTA Film Awards GRAND JURY PRIZE: BEST STUDENT FILM: NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL WINNER: BEST ANIMATED FILM- SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNER: “BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION” CECIL AWARDS 2014