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The Race

2016 // Drama, Student Film, Digital 2D


Dir: Jodie Haslam

What is the film about?

Babies stand at the start of a race track. As they begin to run they morph and grow into more distinctive personalities. Some thrive and some falter as the race soon becomes deadly competitive.

What influenced it?

Late Night Work Club’s Ghost Stories and I’m Fine Thanks by Eamonn O’Neill – I saw them at the start/just before university and they really influenced my view on modern animation and how short films can present a complete scenario and world without needing to explicitly state everything.

A little background information...

In my final year at university I started reflecting on the people I’d met not just throughout university, but my life. I also saw Brexit and very conservative governments rise to power. It began to be more apparent to me that everyone has different goals and desires, despite moving to the same end outcome. What also became apparent in the world today is what some people will do to achieve their goals and how a lack of empathy can taint the lives of others and their own legacy.

How was the film made?

The Race was animated in Adobe Flash (CS5) with compositing done in After Effects. Due to the number of run cycles in the film, in my mind using Flash was the only way I could get the film completed on time with its great economical features.

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