Two Pixar Artists Create This Oscar-Nominated Animated Western

2016 Animated Short Films borrowed timetwo pixar animators Lou Hamou-Raj (toy story 3, Wali) and Andrew Coates (Inverted, Finding Nemo 2) created a near-silent Western short outside of the Disney system, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2017. In less than seven minutes, borrowed time There’s more heart and passion behind the story than many other feature-length animated films (chick never possible). In this short, Harmoo-Raj and Coates manage to explore two different timelines, a story of sadness and heartbreak that could rival anything Disney or Pixar have done in a short in recent memory. comparable to.

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‘Borrowed Time’ story explores grief

The sheriff looks to the future in Borrowed Time (2015)
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borrowed time It starts with a picture of a weather-beaten sheriff standing on a cliff with a pile of bones in front of him. Through a series of increasingly intense flashbacks, we discover that this is where the Sheriff lost his father as a young man. When it comes to grief, it can be extremely difficult to confront the source of tragedy. Through some unspoken clues, we know that the Sheriff has been thinking about this moment all his life. The fact that he’s a sheriff says a lot about his efforts to carry on his father’s legacy. As the sheriff approaches the precipice, we see more clearly that he’s spent his life trying to make up for his mistakes.

The story looks at the present and the past, and both are intense, albeit in different ways. The current timeline follows the sheriff as he walks to the brink, and the past timeline tells the story of his father’s death. After the carriage collided and the horse died, his father was thrown from the edge of a cliff, dangling from a rickety handle. The sheriff — who was a young boy at the time — tried to pull his father back to safety, but he was out of reach. As a last resort, his father offered his shotgun as a makeshift rope, and when the boy’s hand brushed the trigger, they nearly accomplished their goal of bringing his father to safety.

The added guilt that comes with being the person who accidentally pulled the trigger just made the whole episode all the more heartbreaking. After a lifetime of serving justice and obeying the law, the Sheriff approaches the same cliff and decides to jump off it himself. He’s only paused by the glint of sunlight on his father’s abandoned pocket watch, which reminds him of his father’s love for him. This pulls him back from the brink (figuratively and literally), and the sheriff finally reaches a moment of acceptance.

Borrowed Time’s detailed animation complements the film’s aesthetic

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animate as borrowed time The detail is incredible, fully following the old western aesthetic, with the characters covered in dirt and grime. The scenery is also quite beautiful and the colors change with the tone of the story. The short begins with a pre-dawn landscape of dark grays and blues, heralding a depressing mood, and ends with a new day’s orange-purple sunrise, heralding the Sheriff’s ability to move on.

borrowed timeThe visual storytelling is strong, too; it’s no coincidence that there’s hardly any dialogue, instead lengthy quiet scenes where the characters’ actions speak for themselves. It is worth noting that even with such a short running time, borrowed time Not afraid to take the time to shoot longer, quieter, more introspective scenes. As the Sheriff walked slowly toward the cliff, each step was heavy, not only because of his limp, but because he hesitated to approach the place where his father died. The sheriff kept his eyes on the ground, but the horse’s skull caught him off guard, and he let out a soft hiss and stepped back. Even this part of the memory is too painful to face. He took a moment to close his eyes, take a breath, and straddle his skull. His boot hits the ground on the other side of the bone, bringing us into the chase portion of the flashback, signaling to us that he’s ready to remember what’s coming next.

As the chase became more and more intense, his current pace became faster and faster, rushing forward like a headwind. When the sheriff arrived at the scene of the accident, he fell to his knees. This moment shows how taxing grief can be on the body. The sheriff’s movements are so vivid that he walks with heavy shoulders, a little listless, and struggling out of breath. Not only is the character’s face well thought out and detailed (although his father’s expression of realization just before the gunshot is surprisingly vivid); the entire body is expressive. The animators really showed great enthusiasm for the project.

The literary devices of “Borrowed Time” are first-rate

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In terms of literary means, borrowed time Use them masterfully to really convey emotion. For example, the hat his father gave him was shot down during the chase, and while the sheriff still wears it now, he takes it off before he gets close to the horse’s bone, as if he couldn’t bring himself to wear it. it’s here.

The most striking image is the pocket watch that saved the sheriff’s life. In flashbacks, the watch is one of the first things we see, carefully wound by his father before giving it to his son as a gift. He used the glint of sunlight on the metal to attract his son’s gaze and attention, then put the metal in his hand and tousled his hair. The watch is lost when it is shot, dropped, and shattered. The theme of time comes into play here, with the ticking of the watch and the movement of the hands coming to a complete stop. From here to that moment on the cliff years later, the sheriff’s life grinds to a halt.

As the sheriff teeters on the edge of a cliff, a flash of metal catches his eye, as it did all those years ago. He saw the watch on the ground and realized what he was about to do. He was taken aback, his feet were soft, and he fell to the ground like his father back then. Keeping his eyes on his watch (a reminder from his father), he fought his way back to the edge of the cliff. It was a struggle, but he was determined to pull himself back from the brink.This is an important time to escape from the seemingly never-ending grief borrowed time Won’t Skip: Fight over the cliff’s edge again. When the sheriff discovers a picture of him and his father in his pocket watch, he reaches the moment of acceptance he so desperately needs. As we pan to the cliffs and the sunrise, we hear the faint sound of the watch starting to tick again, marking the restart of time in the Sheriff’s life.

‘Borrowed Time’ is an example of an animated short with a star other than Disney

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Coats and Hamou-Lhadj create something truly beautiful borrowed time. Its sad commentary, animation and visual storytelling, and use of literary devices made it a standout among its Oscar nominees that year. In just seven minutes, borrowed time A complete story is told from beginning to end, including two separate timelines, while many other feature-length animations fail to reach the same emotional heights in their 90-minute runtime.

In 2017, borrowed time and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film Blind Vaisha, pearland Perry and Cigarettesbut is surpassed by Piper For winning. despite this, borrowed time A unique and emotional experience you don’t want to miss.

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