Honorable Mention – “The Adventures of Wolfdogg and The Three little pig’s” (Australia)

Title: The Adventures of Wolfdogg and The Three little pig’s
Runtime: 7 min
Country: Australia 
Director: Matt Bolin
Placement: Honorable Mention
Competition: June, 2020

Synopsis: The Adventures of Wolfdogg and The Three little pig’s is an adult animation of a classic tale but with an exciting new twist. It’s comedic styles are surreal but also dry humour. It’s the Three little pig’s like you’ve never seen them before.

FILMMAKER Q&A – Matt Bolin – Director, writer and producer

OR: What was the inspiration for your film?

MB: Growing up I use to have an obsession with animation, At the time in the 90’s Looney tunes was experiencing a revival so it received a large amount of airtime on TV, That in particular was and is a animation series I’ve always loved, Old school Nickelodeon cartoons also played a big part in inspiring me. As an adult I always enjoy some of the adult animations on Adult swim and South park  both of those styles together are what influenced me to try creating an animation short film myself.

OR: When did you conceive the idea for your film and how long did it take before it was realized?

MB: The idea was conceived quite a while ago, I’ve been a filmmaker in general now for about a decade. It was the sort of concept which I had in my head for a period of time but didn’t know the best format to make it in.

Towards the end of 2017 I began to seriously consider getting it off the ground, There were a numbers of different directions I considered taking it, A Live action short film with actors dressed up in costumes with sets, A green screen animation before eventually deciding to go for the option of 2D animation which you see today. I guess the rest is history.

OR: What was the most challenging aspect of working in a short film format?

MB: To be honest for me it was the opposite when it comes to Animation it’s always an expensive time consuming process so making it using the short film format was the more practical option.Especially since it was also my first attempt at animation after coming from a live action background.  As an independent film maker to have produced it as a full length film would of been financially challenging for me.

OR: What was the most challenging aspect of your production?

MB: I think the most difficult aspect of it was initially trying to find an animator who was the right fit for the project. In Australia although we have plenty of experienced film makers and animators because our industry is smaller there is less diversity so it took a little bit of time searching for somebody who understood my vision and how to deliver it. Adult animation is still a relativity new genre in Australia so a lot of people weren’t use to that concept. Fortunately I managed to find a talented animator who was studying animation in University at the time, He was great.   

OR: Do you have any advice for first-time filmmakers?

MB: I think the best advice would be to have a go, People are always going to be reluctant about supporting you at first but if you can create something which makes many people happy that is the most beautiful feeling.