Pear Cider & Cig­a­rettes

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E(34’58”, Robert Val­ley)

very­one has a story about a friend who lives life a lit­tle closer to the edge, but watch­ing ex­er­cises in self de­struc­tion are rarely as en­joy­able as in Pear Cider & Cig­a­rettes. Di­rected by Robert Val­ley, this Os­cars-short­listed film is long enough to stretch our def­i­ni­tion of a short in telling the story of Techno, who liked noth­ing more than to drink, smoke and fight — and did so with style all over the world. Told with a graphic-novel style of art­work, it was picked up by Vimeo and is avail­able on de­mand from the site.

Where did the idea for the short come from and why did you de­cide to tell the story in an­i­ma­tion?: The idea of the short film came about from a con­ver­sa­tion I had in the pub with my friend Hugo. I told him the en­tire story of Pear Cider (which was a true story) over a cou­ple of pints, when it was all said and done he urged me to make a book or film of the story. I ended up do­ing both.

How did you fund the short?: The film was largely funded by me do­ing free­lance work on the side, at a cer­tain point when it came time to pay for such things as mu­sic li­cens­ing, visual clear­ances and post pro­duc­tion I was forced to do a Kick­starter cam­paign, which was suc­cess­fully funded back in March 2016.

How many peo­ple worked on the project with you?: I worked on the film pretty much by my­self up un­til the an­i­ma­tion was done, then I sought the help of Cara Speller and Pas­sion Pic­tures to help me with all the things men­tioned above.

How long did it take to fin­ish the movie?: It took about three years to com­plete the film, plus another six months to com­plete all the obli­ga­tions for the Kick­starter.

What tools did you use?: I an­i­mated the film in Pho­to­shop, and did some com­posit­ing in After Ef­fects, edited to­gether on Premiere, ba­si­cally all the tools I had avail­able here at home. If I had ac­cess to bet­ter an­i­ma­tion soft­ware, I would have used it, but such is life.

What was the most chal­leng­ing as­pect of mak­ing your film?: Stay­ing fo­cused ev­ery day for the bet­ter part of three years and not let­ting my­self get over­whelmed. It was def­i­nitely an ex­er­cise in self-re­straint as I quit drink­ing dur­ing the pro­duc­tion of this film.

Has your film won any awards?: My films never win awards. ( Ed­i­tor’s Note: This in­ter­view was con­ducted be­fore the Os­cars short list was an­nounced.)

What are your fu­ture an­i­ma­tion plans?:

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