Drifting – 2014
When life’s stresses physically manifest themselves, Simon is left to survive in the middle of the ocean on an airplane wing, fishing for better memories and fruit candies.
Dir. Joel Benjamin
Sound by Bryen Hensley / RDS Chicago
Music by Sam Mewton
Technique: 2D/3D computer animation.
This film came about as a result of several things – mainly the desire to be able to finish something relatively quickly. I’ve been working on a longer project for many years (since 2008) and was getting sick of not having anything new to show!
Also as a minor fear of flying. Growing up, my dad and I took ground school together, which made me simultaneously less afraid of flying and completely terrified.
The characters are all animals because before starting it seemed like they would be easier to animate, but I am also interested in the way that we relate to other creatures in dire circumstances and how it differs to how we relate to other people in the same situations. Plus, I LOVE Belly by Julia Pott and was totally inspired by her designs (except she’s 20x more amazing at illustration and design)
All animated in After Effects except the airplane, which was 3D (Maya)
SCREENINGS & FESTIVALS
|SPASM Cinema Insolite, Montreal, Canada (invited to submit)
Tally Shorts Film Festival, Tallahassee, FL USA
Taos Short Film Fest, Taos, New Mexico, USA
Festival Mauvais, Tours, France (invited to submit)
Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece
International Noncommercial Animation Festival, Dresdon, Saxony, Germany
Riverbend Film Festival, Southbend, IN USA
Imago Film Festival, Elgin, IL USA (invited to submit)
Free Film Festival, FL USA (online fest)
SCREENINGS & FESTIVALS
Klik! International Animation Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, IL USA
Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol, UK
Kinofest, Bucharest, Romania
Festival Internacional de Animacion (FIDA), Chile
Mica Film Fest, Amazonia, Brazil
Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival, Kolkata India
Golden Orchid International Animation Festival, Penn State University, USA
Elgin Short Film Festival, Elgin, IL USA
Premiere IX, Chicago, IL USA
Silver Plaque Short Film: Animation Competition – Chicago International Film Fest
Festival 1st Prize, Best Animation – Elgin Short Film Festival
Stephen Susco Award: 1st Runner Up – River Bend Film Festival
Special Festival Mention – Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival
Best Animation, Nom. for Best Film, Production, Editing – Premiere IX
Thanks to Dustin Foster at Chop & Hue for cutting the trailer!