A new programme from DreamWorks Animation has been launched in which the company focusses on their short animation projects. Announced by Studio President Chris deFaria, it’s been designed to be more inclusive and diverse with regards to representation.
The first two releases are Bird Karma and Bilby. Directed by William Salazar, Bird Karma is about a long legged Bird who eats a fish instead of befriending it. He is subjected to karma shortly after due to his actions in this 2D animated short. The film has an Indian theme throughout which is amplified by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum’s score.
The second short, Bilby is about a marsupial who lives in the desert and looks after a small baby chick in the harsh Australian outback. Directed by Pierre Perifel, JP Sans, and Liron Topaz, this story came from a cancelled project called Larrkins which centred around a similar character. William Salazar, who has worked on all of the Kung Fu Panda films as well as Shark Tale, discusses his project and his pitch, “I didn’t want to make a cute movie for children and they pretty much went with it. The first minute and a half was animated more than 20 years ago and the remaining three and a half minutes were completed in the last six months of 2017. The bird doesn’t change its nature.
He continues, “First, we decided not to do clean-up and keep the lines rough and sketch-like. For the paper texture, we used transparency, where the white of the paper comes through the painting and you have layers upon layers of water color. This is very different with flat characters because inside the characters you have the bleeding colors.”
Keep. It. Reel.