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One Man Band (2005)

  Directed by: Mark Andrews, Andrew Jimenez
Written by: Mark Andrews, Andrew Jimenez
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Links: One Man Band on the IMDb
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating)
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"Fun in five minutes" - a review by pearly

Due to my terrifically organised and somewhat anal personality, I was able to secure myself a seat to the Australian premiere of Pixar's latest short film, One Man Band at the 2005 Melbourne International Film Festival. Producer Osnat Shurer and one of the directors, Andrew Jimenez, attended the screening and gave an introduction, followed by an in-depth discussion of the creative process behind the film, a second screening, and then question and answers. It was a unique and interesting experience, and, unlike Pixar's last short, Boundin' (2003), I really enjoyed the film, so it was great to hear more about it.

The film is about two duelling one man bands, both competing for the shiny gold coin of a young girl. One of the men, Bass, is an older guy who has been in the game for years, whilst the other, Treble, is the new kid on the block, who is out to impress and to show up his elder. Stuck in the middle is the cutest doe-eyed thing you've ever seen - but don't mess with her!

The film is, of course, technically brilliant. You couldn't ask for better animation. The detail is beyond belief, and there's more and more to look at with each viewing. But more than that, One Man Band contains a well-rounded story, which has just enough to keep it going, but not too much to overwhelm or bore you. It has perfect timing and it's funny to boot. It's easy to see why Pixar are the leaders in their field, and I look forward to seeing what these two fledgling directors can do with the feature film medium in the near future.

During the discussions at the screening, Jimenez and Shurer spoke in depth about the type of company that Pixar are, and that they like to have their directors also being the writers of the films, because hopefully have such a level of ownership will give the director the right amount of steam to get them through what can be quite an arduous task in animating even a short film. This passion for their work shines through in the completed films that Pixar produce, and it's easy to see that their philosophy works.

Another interesting thing which Jimenez showed, was how crucial the relationship with Michael Giacchino, the composer, was. Being a film without words, and using its score as one of the main forms of its story-telling, the process for the film was quite different to many other animated films. Whereas mostly the music comes in at the last minute, here, the directors decided it made most sense to do the music first, and animate to it, in the same way that they would usually animate faces based on the voices that they had already recorded. We even got to hear some snippets of the progression of the two themes of the one man bands, with the music going from simple piano to synthesizer, and then through to proper orchestral versions, and Jimenez explained the brief time span with which this was achieved, and then spoke of the detail that the orchestra was recorded with - getting in close to capture not only the music, but the sounds of things like fingers on strings and so on, to give a more authentic feel.

Q&A sessions always offer amazing insight into a film, and the opportunity to find out more about a film you like is fantastic, but this is one of the better presentations I've seen. At the conclusion, we were all given chocolate One Man Band coins to take home - a nice touch, and they went straight to the pool room.

pearly gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 9 Aug 2005

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Reader comments

  1. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ITS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD ! IF IT CAME OUT I WOULD BUY IT RIGHT AWAY

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from tay on Tue 13 Jun 2006 10:58 #

  2. a+

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from a on Wed 28 Jun 2006 13:58 #

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