“The Lost Thing” is a 15 minute animated short film based on
the highly acclaimed picture book by multi award winning author and illustrator,
SHAUN TAN. A modern fable with a unique aesthetic, the story is at once
ideosyncratic and universal in its appeal to all ages.
The film marks the directorial debut of both
Andrew Ruhemann & Shaun Tan.
The vast majority of time has been invested in the careful building, texturing and lighting of digitial elements to create a unique aesthetic that avoids the artificiality of CG objects; almost every surface is essentially hand-painted using non-digital materials: acrylic paint, pencil, oils and collage.
For a fairly comprehensive description the animation process of our key team-members, Tom Bryant and Leo Baker, check out this article from Digital Media World. Also visit Tom Byrant at his website, Interference Pattern, and Leo Baker at the aptly named Turbo Radness
Other key Credits: Sophie Byrne (producer), Andrew Ruhemann (co-director), Tim Minchin (voice), Michael Yezerski (composer), John Kassab (sound design), Adrian Medhurst (foley), Doron Kipen, Music & Effects (mix), Digital Pictures (post production), Steve Evans (additional lighting), Screen Australia, Passion Pictures Australia and Passion Pictures UK.
For more information and images – including The Lost Thing Trailer – please visit the official Lost Thing website thelostthing.com, or contact Sophie Bryne at Passion Pictures Australia: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since it’s release at various film festivals and as a DVD distributed by Madman Entertainment, The Lost Thing has been fortunate to win many awards, including:
Oscar nomination, Academy Awards (winners announced Feb 27, 2011).
AFI award, Australian Film Industry Award.
Annecy Crystal, Annecy Film Festival, France.
Best Short Film, Melbourne international Film Festival.
Best Australian Film at Flickerfest short film festival, Sydney.
Yoram Gross Animation Award, Sydney International Film Festival.