Australian short animated film Woody has won the Tacoma Film Festival’s Best Animated Short Film award, which continues its streak of awards on the international short film circuit. Recently the film took out the Seattle International Film Festival’s Best Animated Short Film Jury Prize and is now eligible for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film; a prize bestowed upon only three Australian films in the Academy’s history.
Directed by Stuart Bowen, Woody tells the endearing story of a wooden model doll who dreams of one day becoming a concert pianist. The film contains no dialogue and with a cast made up entirely of faceless wooden dolls, the narrative is driven entirely through animation and its score, created by Melbourne music house samplify.
Woody’s Musical Director and samplify co-founder, Josh Abrahams, explains “We employed a number of novel recording techniques, including using the sampler to loop and stretch voice and guitar recordings to convey the loneliness Woody was feeling. We were inspired by the beauty conveyed in the lo-fi recordings currently being produced by the top Icelandic bands”. Josh collaborated on the film with Sydney composer Russell Thornton and samplify co-founder Davide Carbone.
Woody screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival earlier this year and has since continued onto the Rhode Island International Film Festival and England’s Encounters: Short Film and Animation Festival, to name just a few.