An unusually accomplished 3D animation landed on Vimeo yesterday, a passion project over 5 years in the making from a pair of writer/directors currently working as animators at Pixar. Borrowed Time, their 6min short film, is a poignant Western that deals with themes of regret and forgiveness. A somber short, it is nonetheless punctuated by impressively directed action sequences, full of tension.
Crossing between the present and flashbacks, an old man, weary and ready to lay down his burden, relives a traumatic experience from his youth. The memory of tragedy has stayed with him, affecting his life profoundly, and yet a moment of grace may hold the key to finally allowing himself to move on.
While the film’s story is thoughtfully paced and hits its emotional beats well, the film’s main draw is its impressive production values. One of the prettiest 3D animations of the year, we whole-heartedly embrace SIGGRAPH’s decision to award the film Best in Show. For more information regarding the genesis of the short, the filmmakers produced a short featurette on the making of the film.