With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to share one of my favorite short films for this time of year. This one was an advertising piece released last year for Cineplex, one of Canada's leading entertainment companies. Produced by Toronto agency Zulu Alpha Kilo, and directed by Dan & Jason of Hornet, Inc., this wonderfully emotional film bears a great message: "Make time for what you love."
The story is that of Lily, a young girl, and her magical snowman friend. We see them share a special bond in her youth, and how life eventually pulls them apart...until one day Lily is reminded of what is missing in her life.
The soundtrack is a particularly moving arrangement of the classic 1978 Genesis song, Follow You, Follow Me, performed by Vapor (featuring Adaline).
Here also, is an excellent look behind-the-scenes at the making of Lily & the Snowman. See how the filmmakers brought the magical story to life from initial concept to animation.
Production: Hornet Inc. Director: Dan & Jason, Hyesung Park Executive Producer: Hana Shimizu Head of Production: Greg Bedard Supervising Technical Director: Sang-Jin Bae Producer: Desiree Stavracos Storyboard Artist: Angela DeVito Editor: Anita Chao, Stephanie Andreou Art Director: Hyesung Park Character Designer: Peter DeSeve CG Supervisor: Arman Matin CG Generalist: Richard Kim Lead Compositor: Herculano Fernandes Designer: Hyesung Park Compositor: Allison Kocar, Isaiah Palmer Modeler: Pedro Conti, Javier Leon, David Soto Shading/Texturer: Javier Leon, ShuChen Lin, Kwan Au Rigger: Lee Wolland, Michael Altman Lighting & Rendering: Arman Matin, Susie Hong, ShuChen Lin Particle FX: Andy Guttormsson Pre-Viz: Arsen Arzumanyan, Matt Parent, Michael Altman, Bogdan Mihajlovic CG Layout Artist: Arsen Arzumanyan, Kwan Au Matte Painter: Dark Hoffman, Hyesung Park Animators: Jamil Lahham, Goran Ognjanovic, Hee Jin Kim, Shendy Wu Render Wrangler/Lighting Support: Kwan Au Poster Designer: Denny Khurniawan Aaron Platt: Director of Photography
Agency: Zulu Alpha Kilo Chief Creative Officer: Zak Mroueh Executive Creative Director: Allen Oke Associate Creative Director: Noel Fenn, Andrew Caie Art Director: Guilherme Bermejo Writer: Nick Doerr Clients: Susan Mandryk, Peter Furnish, Darren Solomon, Maxine Chapman, Laura Mingail Agency Producer: Tara Handley Account Team: Mike Sutton, Roy Gruia, Laura Robinson Strategic Planner: Ebrahim El Kalza, Shari Walczak
Rep: Hesty Reps, Lisa Batke
Audio/Music House: Vapor Music Audio Director: Joey Serlin, Brendan Quinn Producer: Kailee Nowosad Engineer: Julian Rudd Music Licensing: Heather Gardner Singer English: Adaline Singer French: Julie Crochetiere Original Composition of Genesis "Follow you Follow me" by Vapor Music