A different perspective for a short film

A Longford man is celebrating the news his short animated film has been officially chosen in the short film category at arguably the world’s biggest animation film festival.

A Longford man is celebrating the news his short animated film has been officially chosen in the short film category at arguably the world’s biggest animation film festival.

25-year-old Edgeworthstown native, Chris O’Hara’s two minute film, ‘A Different Perspective’ will be screened at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France in June. Running since 1960, the festival attracts entries from all over the world and features the work of some of the biggest names in animation.

The news that Chris’s film had been chosen came as a huge shock to the young animator. “I had some free time last year and I decided to make a short film; I had limited time and no budget so I said I’d keep it short and sweet.

“It’s such a surprise because I know countless people who have submitted films without any success. I always thought it was a long shot because there are films with €50,000 budgets that didn’t make it.”

‘A Different Perspective’ is about a visit from an alien life form that results in a change of perspective in more ways than one. “It’s a very visual piece; there’s no dialogue so it’s quite hard to explain. It plays on breaking the rules on the landscape and how it works. You lose sense of the depth in the background. It disrupts the perspective we have on the world,” Chris explained.

Having attended the Annecy Film Festival for years as a spectator (Chris had already booked his flights and accommodation for this year), Chris is excited to be finally attending as a contributor.

“I’m looking forward to going over and having a film in the festival; it’s a good chance to network with some of the big players in the industry. It’s also nerve-wracking to think about going to the screening and to get people’s reaction to seeing it.”

Chris studied animation in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Technology, graduating four years ago and is currently working for one of Ireland’s leading animation studios, Boulder Media. He was involved with the multi-award winning Cartoon Network series ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ that has been screened on both sides of the Atlantic and picked up a number of prestigious awards.

He is currently working on a new Disney series, called ‘Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja’ that is expected to air in 129 countries when it is finished.

While he loves working on international projects such as these, he takes more joy from his own personal projects. “These big shows are great but there’s far more freedom doing stuff on your own. You have complete control and that really drives me as an animator.”

The former St Emer’s NS and Templemichael College pupil always knew he was destined for a creative career. “Everyone draws when they’re younger, but most people drop it as they get older. I always knew I was going to pursue it. Originally I thought I’d go down the graphic design route but when I found out about animation I knew that was for me.

“I bet if I looked back at all my old copies I’d see doodles on every page. I’m sure my teachers weren’t too impressed at the time,” Chris laughed.

To keep up to date with Chris’s work and for a trailer of ‘A Different Perspective’ visit www.chrisoharaportfolio.blogspot.com.