Recently selected as Best Nordic Short at Nordisk Panorama, ‘The Pride of Strathmoor’ premiered at Telluride and has won top animation prizes at Slamdance and the Florida Film Festival.
Following a successful festival run that included a premiere at Telluride and top animation prizes at Slamdance and the Florida Film Festival, Einar Baldvin’s animated short The Pride of Strathmoor has been released online.
Recently selected as Best Nordic Short at Nordisk Panorama, The Pride of Strathmoor is set in the 1920s Deep South, detailing a racist pastor's descent into madness.
The Iceland-born Baldvin first began to conceive of the short during his final semester as a student in the experimental animation program at CalArts, where he completed two films, Moon Into Blood and Catatonic. While finishing his BFA project Baldvin became inspired by some of the key emotional sequences in the movie Raging Bull, and began a year of intense training as a boxer in order to learn more about the sport, of which he had previously known nothing.
Baldvin went on to enroll in the MFA animation program at USC, where he made his next short, Baboon, which has played around the word at festivals including Annecy, Ottawa and Slamdance, followed up by The Pride of Strathmoor. Baldvin is currently adapting H.P Lovecraft's story, “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family,” into an animated short.
Read more about Baldvin, as well as his influences and creative process, in this excellent interview with Short of the Week.