Wild Life, (2011, dir. Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby)
NFB finally has the entirety of this short film (side note: I accidentally typed “short life" which maybe is a Freudian slip but we never really know with these things right) to view online. It’s one of my favourites ever, and it was even nominated for an Academy Award (and subsequently robbed). Every frame was hand-painted in gouache and there’s a particularly beautiful scene with a gun and rail tracks.
When the Day Breaks (1999, dir. Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby)
“In this animated short, Ruby the pig seeks affirmation in the city around her after witnessing the accidental death of a stranger… and finds it in surprising places. With deft humour and finely rendered detail, When the Day Breaks illuminates the links that connect our urban lives, while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day. Winner of over 40 prizes from around the world, the film also features singer Martha Wainwright.”
— (via: National Film Board)
Clip from “Wild Life" (2011, dir. Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby)
If you’ve not seen Wild Life, I strongly recommend you do so. It’s an animated short about an englishman who moves to the Canadian prairies, and the psychogeographic effect and conditioning of moving somewhere completely foreign. A very fascinating film with beautiful scenes, every frame in the film was hand-painted with gouache. It’s one of two Canadian shorts nominated for a 2012 Oscar, both made with the support of the National Film Board.