The Necktie is a 12 minute animated short directed by Jean-Francois Levesque. It’s produced by the National Film Board of Canada (who also produced one of my all-time favourites, Madame Tutli-Putli) and I’m glad that my friend Jan-Christoph suggested it to me today…
It will be online for one week only, so make sure you’d have seen it at plus7.arte.tv up to next Friday’s night. It’s a lovely piece of animation and earned its awards well. – Jean-Francois Levesque combines different animation techniques here which is something I enjoy so much. It’s also a great example of how important a good sound design is, especially in animation where everything is quiet in the very beginning.
Most of it is traditional puppet animation inspired by the work of Nick Park and Tim Burton, he describes his influences. The main character was animated in stopmotion technique, his colleagues came to life by drawn animation and finally software was employed to do the compositing.
The film is about a man who lives his dull life which mainly consits of work at a weird company called Life Inc. One day he accidentally finds out where the career ladder or, more precisely, the career elevator really is leading to. It’s a small parable about the importance of art in our life.
That interview below I found on the NFB website where he describes the whole process. So for all of you who might be late to watch the video in time I embed it here: