Something Left, Something Taken (2010)
Everyone who enters a crime scene, leaves something behind and takes something away. ‘Something Left, Something Taken’ is a 10 minute animated dark comedy about a vacationing couples’ encounter with a man they believe to be the Zodiac Killer. Watercolor studies were used to explore mood and atmosphere. Though these color sketches were done very quickly, most of the core design ideas were kept in tact in the final frames from the film. The movie was written with storyboard thumbnails. In fact, there was never a formal screenplay for the film and the dialog was more or less improvised in recording sessions. Final characters were constructed from fabric, rope, clay, ping pong balls, erasers and soy milk carton. Then they were photographed and assembled in After Effects.
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Directed by Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter. Starring: Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter, Kyle McKeveny