“Splinter” is about growing up. A tree becomes a wooden bench and does not understand its function in a “grown up life”. I used color palette to increase that message. Green was a color of the forest, nature, childhood. Red color (a negative of green) was connected the town, civilization, adulthood. Most of the story takes place in a green park surrounded by a red fence – a place between the forest and the town, between the green and the red.
Making of "splinter"
The students and graduated of the Warsaw Fine Arts Academy painted more than 400 oil paintings for the purposes of this 17-minute short film.
Some of the paintings.
Stills from the movie
Working on the movie
Festivals, special screenings
The movie was invited to a number of international festivals, including Goa in India. It was screened at the opening gala of the 60th Anniversary of Polish Animation ceremony.
It received the Best Animated Film award at Era New Horizons Festival 2008 in Wroclaw.
The last months of “Splinter” production were very intense. I was teaching the art of animation at the Warsaw Film School and I was supervising animators for Kamil Polak’s “The Lost Town of Switez” short movie. Soon after “Splinter” was made I joined the production of “George the Hedgehog” feature film.