Theme : Vertigo.
This is a 3D animated short film made during 3 weeks at MoPA (Supinfocom Arles).
directed by Maxime DARTOIS, Valérian DESTERNE, and Justine VIEL.
Maxime DARTOIS : modeling/texturing/matte painting
Valérian DESTERNE : modeling/Lighting/compositing
Justine VIEL : rigging/animation 3D/animation 2D/compositing/sound design
Seven years ago I read the short story "The Egg" by writer Andy Weir somewhere on the internet. I have no idea where, but it caught my eye. Four years ago I decided to really do something with it. I arranged the rights and immediately started. That also took three years because I wrote a lot of (completely different) scripts, put the idea back in the drawer, took it out again, tried something, threw it away, etc., etc. The story kept coming back to me, until i finaly found the right tone for it with the help of voice over actor Johnny Bang Reilly.
After raising all the money to finance the $74K budget film, myself and the director of photography traveled to three different continents and shot over a five month period in total. With only just the two of us, we were operating simultaneously as DP, DIRECTOR, LIGHT, FOCUS, FIRST AD, PROD ASSISTANT and more.. It was an incredible journey across the world. From the forests of Belgium and the desert of Namibia to the jungle of Thailand to the totally destroyed city of Mosul in Iraq where bloody bomb vests and other human remains where still lying in between the rubble that ISIS had left behind. We were there.
Almost one year later the film is finally premiering and screening online in a world that seems to be even more divided than ever. That's why I hope this film can evoke even the slightest positive feeling and love for ourselves and also everyone around us.
Flickerfest international filmfestival 2020
Busan International Short Film Festival 2020
Landshut international short film festival 2020
Schnit Worldwide short film festival 2020
Bolton International Film Festival 2020
Religion today International Film Festival 2020
Shortcutz Amsterdam 2020 (Nomiation best film of the year)
Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2020
Interfilm int film festival 2020
Writer/Director: Ben Brand
Production: Studio Ruba
Co-production: NTR Broadcasting
Cinematography: Maxime Desmet
Producer: Maarten van der Ven
Line producer: Moniek Sterk
Art & Costume: Madeleine Homan
Editing: Patrick Schonewille
Post production: Filmmore
Colorist: Judy Steenman
Sound design & Mix: Mark Glynne
Foly Artist: Tom Bijnen
Music: Jesper Ankarfeldt
Casting: Groen casting / Susanne Groen
Visual fx supervisor: Stefan Beekhuizen & Jesse Hovestreijdt
Titel design: Gideon Schaaps
Di producer: Fleur Stikkelorum
Commisioning editor ntr: Marina Blok