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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fun "Desire" Brings Animation to the Work Place -- Robo-Style!

"DESIRE" (2014)
Genre: Animated
Length- 9:06
Company: Red Echo Post
Website: Official

A little red robot sets out to draw schematics on green tiles, just like it has no doubt done many times before -- but this time, something is different.  To say any more would be nearing a spoiler. 

Cute and comedic throughout its short running time, "Desire" is an animated, fun slice of something different in an online world stuffed with more serious films.

TIME'S UP

The world's always changing, and how we choose to adapt will dictate how well we ultimately do in life.  In "Desire", this particular truth is embodied by our little red robot, whose desire forces him to do the unthinkable.

Scott Thierauf of Red Echo Post does triple duty on this short film -- he wrote, directed and animated the whole thing -- and he does a spectacular job.  Each individual shot segues nicely into the next, with challenging wide shots and even some robotic point-of-view shots. 

Interestingly enough, most of the robots in the film have very human emotions -- one desperately tries to free itself from the pincers of a giant robot, others help patch together a fallen robot, still more become jealous or arrogant.  For all their mechanical appearances, they are very human at their steel hearts.

Their interactions add up to provide an interesting satirical commentary at competition in the work place. 

With robots.

Who knew it was possible?

OVERALL SCORES:

Writing: 3 / 5.  I much enjoyed the story, but without any dialogue or any real plot twists with the exception of the first few minutes of the film, "Desire" became more about watching the amusing hijinx taking place.
Directing: 4 / 5.  Thierauf puts on a good show and keeps the film visually interesting.
Editing: 5 / 5.  I can't recall a single shot that felt too long or too short, and the film never bored me.
Sound/Music: 3 / 5.  The soundtrack is a song by Rob Fetter entitled "Desire".  This was a mixed bag for me -- yes, the song is fun and catchy, but at the same time, it made the movie feel a little bit more like a music video, rather than utilizing a proper score.  Thierauf bills the flick as an animated musical, yes, but it didn't feel like it to me.  That being said, Grant Kattmann's sound design is top notch, with robotic sounds aplenty, all sounding authentic and none jarring on the ears.
Acting: N/A

Final Grade: 3.8 / 5

Don't forget to check out "Desire" on Vimeo and Red Echo Post's official site here, and then follow them on Facebook!



Thanks for reading! I'm a screenwriter and script consultant. Most recently, I've worked with LMC Productions and Mad Antz Films in Australia. I helped mold Goodybag Productions' award winning screenplay "The Teacher" and Michael Maguire's feature length script "The Wolfpack", which is still in development.

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