In the near future, a young animator is offered what should be her dream job, but, when she discovers the truth of the modern 'creative' process, she must make a hard choice about her passion for film.
12 Minutes | Shot on Kodak 35mm Panavision Millennium XL | On Location in Oakland, CA
Sophia scores an interview at her dream job; the world famous animation studio, Semaphore. The chief creative officer and legendary designer, Anna Palladon, is interviewing her for the final interview. It comes to light that Sophia had fan-edited Semaphore's blockbuster hit, Mythos, and had distributed it online to rave reviews. Initially Sophia is crushed and thinks that her chances to be hired are now ruined, until Palladon reveals that this was the sole reason Sophia was given the interview. After signing a draconian NDA, Sophia is shown into the creative heart of Semaphore Films, and the dark truth of the future of animation is revealed.
Northern California Area EMMY Awards 2019
Arts/Entertainment - Program/Special
AT&T Film Awards 2018
Best Short Film - Emerging Filmmaker
HollyShorts Film Festival 2017
Best Visual Effects
Phoenix Film Festival 2017
Best Sci-Fi Short
Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival 2017
Audience Choice Award
Austin Revolution Film Festival 2017
Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy Short
The 'Tobe' Award / Best Genre Filmmaker
Boston Science Fiction Film Festival 2017
Short Film Award
FantaSci Film Fest 2017
Best Actress / Tamlyn Tomita
Best Sci-Fi Short Film
Gen Con Film Festival 2017
Best Short Film
Honolulu Film Awards, US 2017
Best Short Film
Mindfield Film Festival Los Angeles 2017
Out of The Can Film Festival 2017
Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival 2017
Skyline Indie Film Fest 2017
Tallgrass International Film Festival 2017
Outstanding Narrative Short Film
United International Film Festival 2017
Best Jury Film
Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival 2018
Best Supporting Actress, Short / Tamlyn Tomita
South Texas Underground Film Festival 2018
Origins Film Festival 2018
Best Short Film
Worldwide Women's Film Festival 2018
We’re very proud to say that Real Artists has played
in over 150 festivals around the world.
Cannes Court Métrage
Intl. Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema
Boston Science Fiction Film Festival
Cinequest Film Festival
Manchester Film Festival
Equinox Women's Film Festival
BEHIND THE SCENES
We made this film with the support of a couple of hundred supporters on Seed&Spark. This collection of behind-the-scenes updates was launched privately first, for those supporters to be included in the filmmaking process. Now, we open them up to everyone who is interested in how we made this short film. Enjoy!
ON SET PHOTOS
Gallery of behind the scenes photos
THE MAKING OF
Here are all the Making of videos. Beward, here be spoilers!
We strongly recommend not watching these if you haven't watched the movie.
So go watch it now, and come back. We'll wait.
We break down each scene, with a bonus blooper reel.
Discussions on characters, artificial intelligence, drones, and diversity.
The shooting script, shot lists, storyboards, and an early animatic.
The animation studio in the film where Sophia interviews with Palladon.
A citizen web-crusader exposing Semaphore Animation Studios for who they really are.
Visit the website for more cool stuff about the film.