Short Film Profile

The Orchestra

Elderly Vernon lives in a world where a band of tiny musicians follows him and plays a soundtrack for his life – communicating his emotions, fears and hopes. He is a lonely man whose crippling shyness causes his orchestral musicians to perform terribly out of tune. When Vernon and his little band fall for their new next door neighbour and her classical ensemble, they find themselves presented with perhaps their last chance at happiness - a chance to strike a chord and play in harmony. But first they must confront their stage fright.

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The Orchestra is a lovingly crafted hand-drawn animated film, featuring over twenty thousand individual drawings, created over five years.

The unique concept of a harmonious world filled with tiny musicians communicating through diegetic melodies created the exciting challenge of telling a story visually and musically, without the luxury of expositional dialogue or voiceover. It is a form of storytelling that is uncommon and fresh for modern audiences.

Technically, the short marries traditional 2D frame animation, using TVPaint animation software, with 3D computer rendered background art made to seamlessly mimic hand drawn art. We opted to use this technique to give added flexibility in our shot selection and in order to create camera moves within the film.




Copyright © 2015 Screen Australia & Feather Films

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Previous screenings

16 Jun – 22 Jun | Palm Springs, United States
24 Oct – 31 Oct | Savannah, United States

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 9 Sep 2015