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“Electropolis” - A Sheridan College Joint

February 3rd, 2010

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Kevin McCullough and his fellow student animators are responsible for this week’s awesome film “Electropolis”. Below is a little insight into the collaborative process and what we can expect from the class in 2010.

Channel Frederator: Where did you study animation?

Kevin McCullough: All 13 students that participated in the creation of the film attend Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada in the BAA Animation Program. “Electropolis” was created during our 3rd year of the program, and was our major assignment for the year. We are all still currently in the program, and will graduate in April of this year.

CF: Who are your favorite artists?

KM: The artists that inspired us the most for this film were from Sylvain Chomet’s animated film “The Triplets of Belleville,” but we also took inspiration from the concept artists from some of the bigger studios like Disney and Pixar.

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Kevin McCullough: What gave you the idea for “Electropolis”?

KM: The basic idea was created by Dan Seddon, who also did the bulk of the character designs in the film. Originally the idea was a little different, with more of the film taking place in the fictional electronic world, and the repercussions of the walking man’s actions in that society.

CH: Why did you choose classic hand drawn animation over other media?

KM: All of the animation was done completely by hand, pencil on paper. The colouring and compositing was the only stage that computers were used. We chose this medium as we were all most familiar with it, and did not have enough experience to attempt CG or stop motion. Though even if that were an option, I still believe we would have gone the traditional route, as the main character really lends itself to a more graphic design style.

CF: Are the ‘walk sign’ guy’s moves inspired by any particular dancer?

KM: Some of the moves were inspired by Michael Jackson (ex. the moonwalk), but we also had some dance lessons from a fellow Sheridan Animator Alain Huynh, who taught us more of the break dancing moves.

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CF: About how long did it take to make the film?

KM: The pre-production phase which included storyboarding and designing the characters and locations took roughly 4 months, and the production was about 3 months.

CF: Your favorite part?

KM: My personal favourite part, especially when watching with an audience is the moment when the business man looks up at the sign, hoping for the walking man to be there again, only to see the replacement “WALK” sign instead. It always strikes me as a very powerful moment, that audiences can genuinely sympathize with characters in a cartoon who are clearly not real, and in such a short format. The turn from sadness to hope in those moments is definitely my favourite.

CF: Are you working on anything new you can tell us about?

KM: All 13 of us are back at Sheridan for our final year, and are currently in production on our own personal animated short films.

CF: Excellent! Thanks for the interview, Kevin! Kudos to you and the entire “Electropolis” team.

You can check out “Electropolis” right here on Channel Frederator!

-Bailee DesRocher

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