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Mark Osborne in
Animation World Magazine

More information about More in Animation World Magazine


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Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short Subject

More
tells the story of an old, tired inventor as he struggles through joyless life in a drab and passionless society, leading the same cold and colorless existence accepted by the identical drones around him. At once tortured and inspired by his dreaming of and yearning for his younger carefree days, he struggles to finish the invention he hopes will give his life meaning and worth. His world and the world of those around him is transformed when his secret invention is completed. However, his subsequent success does not come without sacrifice. The inventor realizes that the true essence of his inspiration cannot be manufactured...

I was intrigued and excited at the idea of taking a ten-inch puppet made out of clay, wire and latex and bringing it to life on a screen six and a half stories tall. Much to my surprise, stop motion in all of its organic and handmade beauty was truly breathtaking and amazing on this scale. Many people consider stop motion a dying art form, so what better way to keep it alive then to bring it into this new format, and celebrate its uniqueness by immersing the audience in all of its beauty like never before. We finished the print an hour before the premiere event. It wasn't until that first screening that everyone involved saw the film projected at its intended scale in the IMAX Theater. It was unbelievable to see my story transformed to the huge screen after nine months of intense concentration and focused work on tiny miniatures. It was the ultimate thrill.
-- Mark Osborne

To add to his many previous awards, director and animator Mark Osborne received an Academy Award nomination for More. Produced when he attended the California Institute of Arts, Osborne's student thesis, Greener, a mixed-media animation short, garnered him numerous honors and awards worldwide. In addition, his work on "Weird" Al Yankovic's spoof of Jurassic Park earned him a Grammy nomination for best music video. The world renowned animator also received a Los Angeles area Emmy in 1997 for his opening segment to ABC's late night movie program, Insomniac Theater.



Production:
Bad Clams Productions,
Flemington Pictures
and Swell Productions.

Awards Won by More
Sundance Film Festival 2/99 - Special Jury Prize for Short Films
South by South West 2/99 - Best Animated Short
Academy Awards 1998 - Nominee - Best Animated Short
Aspen Shorts Fest 3/99 - Special Jury prize
World Fest Houston 3/99 - Gold Special Jury Prize for Shorts
USA Film Festival, Dallas, TX 4/99 - Grand Jury Prize for Shorts
New York Animation Festival 5/99
International Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival 5/99 - in competition
Toronto International Film Fest - 6/99 - Best Animated Short, Best Short
Atlanta Film and Video Festival 6/99 - Honorable Mention Animation
'Message to Man'/St.Petersburg, Russia - 6/99 - Best International Debut Film
Wine Country Film Festival - Glen Ellen, CA - 7/99
Vila do Conde Short Film Festival/Portugal - 7/99 - Honorable Mention Animation
PhilaFilm, Philadelphia - 8/99 - Best Animated Short
One Reel Film Festival/Bumbershoot - 8/99 - Audience Award for International Animation
ResFest - 9/99 - Audience Award for Best Film
New Orleans Film Festival - 10/99 - Lumiere Award


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