Ever since he was a child, Woody has dreamt of playing piano. The problem is that he only has wooden paddles for hands. Stuck in a job he doesn’t want, Woody spends his days dreaming of being a concert pianist. His dreams are big...but they’re about to get out of hand.
WOODY was in production for over 2 years and developed from conversations between producer Jodi Matterson and I. There is a brilliant tactility to stop motion, and a great resonance thematically with the story of a character wanting fingers — articulated 24 frames per second by the animator’s fingers.
The first minute of the film was shot self-funded, and then we opened it up to the public and had two successful crowd funding campaigns. We were then awarded the Screen NSW Emerging Film Makers Fund which helped us source Australia’s best animators. The ambitions of this film were always bigger than our context, but it was a great challenge to try and achieve our vision as creatively as possible. We built the sets out of paper, foam-core, & cardboard so we could achieve an ‘in-camera’ look while keeping costs down. We shot black and white because coloured ink was too expensive. We sourced hundreds of Barbie clothes through Facebook to dress the crowd and were extremely fortunate to have a large group of volunteers keen to help make the film.
The process of getting to work with our brilliant collaborators on this film was completely energising and inspiring. The film is an epic labor of love and an awesome representation of creative collaboration resulting in something better than any one person could achieve. The great thing about Woody’s journey, which resonates in the making of the film, is that while Woody’s dreams are perfect – they’re only dreams. And while reality may be less perfect, it’s so much better, because it’s real.
WHERE DID YOU GET
YOUR IDEAS FROM?
THE IDEAS? OH MAN...
I GOT A MILLION DREAMS...
IT'S ALL I DO IS DREAM...
ALL THE TIME
— Duke Ellington
“No matter what part of the world you’re
in, Woody will have the ability to touch you deeply”
Flaneur Article >>
SHORT OF THE WEEK EDINBURGH PREVIEW
“Inventive narrative and meticulous attention to
detail ensuring that the universe the director and his crew have created
is one that you can fully commit to, and become absorbed in, from start
Short of the Week Article >>
“Offering a poignant story about a wooden doll...Woody is a film made with the skill of a seasoned animation director” Film Ink Article >>
“I was particularly taken with 'Woody'...a monochrome stop-motion charmer...jauntily animated and shot through with mordantly goofy Down Under wit” Hit Fix Article >>
THE AU REVIEW
“Any viewer would be hard-pressed to be unmoved by the imagination and innovation on display during Woody.” The AU Review Article >>
SCREENINGS AND FESTIVALS
Flickerfest Short Film Festival
Leeds University 'World Unite' Festival
Mauvais Genre International Film Festival
National Film and Sound Archive, Australia Day Screening
Newport Beach Film Festival
Omaha Film Festival
Phoenix Film Festival
Pozible Pop-Up Screening
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Sedona Film Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival
Austin Film Festival
Baghdad Film Festival
Brisbane International Film Festival
Calgary International Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Federation Square, Melbourne
Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival
Leeds International Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Miami Short Film Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Naples International Film Festival
Nevada City Fim Festival
Nashville International Film Festival
One Reel Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
St Louis International Film Festival
Tacoma International Film Festival
Tallgrass Film Festival