SATURDAY, Sept. 30 @ 1pm in Princess Theatre CATCHING THE L TRAIN is part of the SHORTS FOR SHORTS film package. Director: Eric Raingruber | 6:30 | USA | 2017 | Animation Edmonton Premiere!
SATURDAY, Sept. 30 @ 1pm in Princess Theatre
CATCHING THE L TRAIN is part of the SHORTS FOR SHORTS film package.
Director: Eric Raingruber | 6:30 | USA | 2017 | Animation
Edmonton Premiere! A bear on a losing streak attempts to save his relationship before his love leaves town for good. But when a bungled text message leads him to the wrong train platform and his sweetheart to draw the wrong conclusion, he must risk life and limb to try and win her back.
About the Director:
Eric Raingruber started making short films on a silent 8mm Bell & Howell camera at 11-years-of-age. Following college, he opened a film studio, which paid the bills by servicing marketing clients in his hometown of Modesto, California. Thanks to some early successes in the conservation and safety fields. Raingruber spent fifteen (15) years directing animated shorts and PSAs starring talking animals. This work was both profitable and fun but seemed to constantly prevent him from producing the more story-driven works that inspired opening a studio in the first place. Since closing the company in 2013, he has been delighted to focus on storytelling. CATCHING THE L TRAIN is Raingruber’s first solo animated production.
Somewhere in the research phase of this project, I watched Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL and was struck by two important aspects of setting a scene: clear staging, and pausing the action to allow the characters time to think. As a result, I purposely set up some long, 10-second takes to see what the bears would do with the time. Much of that experimentation ended up getting trimmed out, but there are a few performances that surprised me and made it into the final film. As I worked out the storyline that would become CATCHING THE L TRAIN, I really wrestled with the question of theme. The entire project clicked into place when I asked myself one question: what am I willing to endure to get where I want to go?
Suddenly, this little film was not simply about catching the train or trying to get the girl. It was about forcing myself to work late at night and on into wee hours of the morning — every night. It was about spending a month on one shot to solve the blocking and performance challenges in the right way. It was also about seeking out constant critique from others and learning to see my work with fresh eyes. I will admit that this sounds a bit corny, but it is what I needed to see the project through and hopefully, make a film worth 6.5-minutes of your time.
Official Website: www.sprocketless.com
Age appropriate for: All ages
Festivals: Barcelona Planet Film Festival (Spain), IndieFest (Los Angeles) and more!
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