“French Roast“, a short film by French director Fabrice O. Joubert, has been nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 2010 Academy Awards. In a fancy Parisian cafe an uptight businessman is about to pay the check when he discovers that he’s lost his wallet. To stall for time he orders more coffee.
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French Roast took 6 months of development, on and off, and then a full time year of production with a team of 65 artists and technicians at Pumpkin Studio. Joubert began his work with students at Ecole Georges Méliès before moving to Pumpkin Studios. He worked with character designer Nicolas Marlet (Monsters Inc and Kung Fu Panda) and Aurélie Blard-Quintard. Backgrounds were created by Louis Tardivier, with inspiration from drawings by Ronald Searle, photography by Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Willy Ronis, and films by French director Jacques Tati. The ditital matte painting was created by Julien Georgel using camera mapping, projecting the 2D painting directly onto the 3D model of the set.
The Oscars will be announced on Sunday March 7.