The Oscars: Gracia Talks The Lady and the Reaper
Bill Desowitz: What does this nomination mean to you?
Javier Recio Gracia: For me personally, it's an enormous honor to have this recognition of my work and the work of my colleagues at Kandor Moon. And I never expected to get this far with our first short. For the studio and the backers of the studio, it's very important to demonstrate that this kind of recognition is possible of the work that is being done here. And I'm hopeful that this nomination will also draw attention to the talent and skill of the people working in animation in Spain and that animation can continue to gain recognition here as a very important art form.
BD: And what was the atmosphere like for the announcement?
JRG: We called all the press in the region where we lived and we took a chance and invited them to come watch the nominations with us -- we projected the telecast on the wall and we opened a bunch of champagne and we were determined to drink it regardless because just reaching this point had been so significant for us. And then, of course, when the nomination was announced, everybody went absolutely berserk. We also had prepared a web conference with Antonio, who was in L.A. So it was one of the happiest days of our lives and it was happy having Antonio on the screen congratulating us.
JRG: At the time of the contest, I watched as my grandmother was fading away, and looking around at some other elderly people, who, perhaps as well, were having their last moments in life in a less idyllic manner than my own grandmother. It made me start to think about this idea. And I thought it would be a lot more fun to treat the subject matter with humor.
BD: Did the story come easily or was it a struggle?
JRG: In this particular case, the story came out straight. I storyboarded it and it flowed really naturally from beginning to end without any great difficulty.
BD: What were some of your biggest challenges?