In this episode of Lightbox, Skwigly bring you an exclusive chat with Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, directors of the multi-award-winning and 2015 Oscar-shortlisted 'The Dam Keeper'.
Learn about the development of the film, the technique behind its unique and breathtaking aesthetic and the future for Dice and Robert's next venture Tonko House.
Lightbox is a regular strand of animation mini-documentaries, brought to you by http://skwigly.com
Produced, edited & presented by Ben Mitchell
Interview conducted by Steve Henderson
Interview footage & clips courtesy of Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi
See more behind-the-scenes featurettes at the film's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/TheDamKeeper
Robert Kondo lends his unique design sensibilities and passion for storytelling to The Dam Keeper. Originally from Southern California, Robert graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has worked at Oblique Strategies and Angel Studios. Robert's film credits include Sets Art Director for Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and most recently Monsters University.
Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi, originally from Japan, is a celebrated illustrator, painter and philanthropist. Dice's paintings have exhibited around the world, and in 2009, his first children's book 'I Can Hear' was published in Japan. A graduate from The School of Visual Arts in New York, Dice has worked as a visual development/color key artist at Blue Sky Studios on Ice Age, Robots and Horton Hears a Who! His credits at Pixar Animation include Lighting Art Director for Toy Story 3 and Monsters University. Dice is passionate about charity work and spearheaded both The Totoro Forest Project and Sketchtravel.
NYICFF 2014 - Audience Award (ages 8-14)
Cleveland Int'l Film Festival 2014 Honorable Mention - Best Animated Short Film Award
TIFF Kids Film Festival 2014 - Young People's Jury Award Age 9-13, Best Animated Short TIFF Kids Adult Jury Award - Honourable Mention
Int'l Trickfilm Festival of Stuttgart - Special Mention in Tricks for Kids Category
San Francisco Int'l Film Festival 2014 - Jury Award for Golden Gate Family Film
Curtas Vila do Conde Int'l Film Festival - HONOURABLE MENTION AWARD
Kinder Film Fest KYOTO - Grand Prix
ANIMA MUNDI 2014 - Best Short for Children by the S. Paulo Audience Jury
Portland Film Festival - Best of Fest Best Animation
Long Beach Indie Film Festival - Best Animated Short Film
San Diego Film Festival - Best Animated Film Award
12th Biennial of Animation Bratislava - Jury's Special Mention Award
Sapporo Int'l Film Festival Sapporo City - Peace award Best Children's Short
Woodstock Film Festival - Honorable Mention
Spark Animation Film Festival - Grand Jury Award
Chicago International Children's Film Festival Youth Jury 1st Prize - Animated Short Film Children's Jury 2nd Prize - Animated Short Film