Independent Film Fridays – City Paradise

On the daily I ran across a familiar still from a short that was featured. I first saw Gaelle Denis’ City Paradise, on IFC when i lived at Emily’s and we had on demand. Every month new films would appear on the on demand raster and i would burn through all the short films (about 30-40) in a matter of two days, until my mind was saturated with obscure, inspirational meanderings from the twilight zone. It’s enough to make you sick, (could have been the snack foods and bacardi151). This one is a very delectable make, with live action, animation, and some cg renders. it’s wonderful productions like these that make you wanna quit your day job. It won the British Academy of Film and Television award for short films in 2004.

London is a big city, and for those new to it, it can sometimes seem quite scary. But Tomoko, who arrives from Japan to learn English, accidentally discovers a mysterious, secret city underground, inhabited by friendly little aliens and beautiful blossoms. After she’s found it, everything changes…

Format: 35mm, Digi Beta
Year of Production: 2004
Running Time: 5 mins, 55 secs
Director: Gaelle Denis
Producer: Erika Forzy
Editor: Tony Fish
Screenwriter: Gaelle Denis
Director of Photography: Sarah Bartles Smith
Sound: Fabrice Gerardi
Music: Jocelyn Mienniel, Joanna Newsom
Principal Cast: Hiroe Takei, Robert Stevenson

Passion Films is also responsible for such productions as:
[Sony Bravia: “Play-doh”] and
[Warp Records: “Ted”]
and the Gorillaz music video “El Mananna”.

now that’s quite the collection of exotic insects.

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[2008 Animation Nomination]

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