Short of the Week

For the Remainder

The lonely world of a cat is told through a minimalist world constructed from 3D brushstrokes in this graduation film from the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design.

Yes, this is a cat video—but not the cute kind you find on YouTube. For the Remainder is another graduation film from the ever-impressive Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. In the film, we follow a faceless cat as it lives out a lonely day in the trappings of a quiet house.

The ending is quite telling (without giving too much away) because, as little as I know about cats, I know they must detest the rain. It’s a reminder that bravery isn’t something that most of us will earn on a battlefield, but rather in the quiet moments of our inner emotions.

It’s a minimalist film with no dialogue and only sparse moments of music and sound. But most striking is the visual execution—a fully realized 3D world defined by just a few brush strokes. The main character is rendered without a face, so we’re left to paint in our own. Where we humans rely mostly on facial expressions to read emotions, many animals communicate to each other through body movement. So in a way, the minimalist rendering allows us to watch the story unfold from the perspective of another animal as we read the cat’s emotions through it’s posture and breathing.

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Andrew makes no attempt to hide his love for the magic art of animation. He appreciates compelling visuals but never forgets that in this modern age, a strong story always reigns supreme. You can see his work at andrewsallen.com or his latest film The Thomas Beale Cipher.
  • Omer

    Thanks for sharing my film Andrew, and a beautiful review!

  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen

    My pleasure. What are your plans post-grad?

  • Omer

    woo… So many thinks I want to do… Basically develop a career in Cinema and Animation- shorts, features, whatnot.. :)

  • Adrian Marroquin

    Awesome!! so inspiring. Maybe a making of it’s coming soon :P   Keep on the good work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darius-Barati/41113821 Darius Barati

    Absolutely beautiful piece on a variety of levels.  Great work!

  • Felice Willat

    Brilliant! So powerful in creativity, perspective, gestures of strokes, music and sound.
    I will share this on Facebook and with others! Good Luck with your career.