“Good Dog” has a short and simple premise: a story about a dog and its unconditional love for its owner.
Tim Cant is an animator from Australia who has always wanted to make cartoons, and as a kid would often be found sitting quietly, drawing and creating stories. In fact, the only times he got into trouble in school was when he would finish his work early and draw in the empty space. Always reading about different techniques, watching tutorials on better workflow and studying a wide variety of personal influences, Tim is largely self taught, a firm believer in the saying practice makes perfect and that your skill set should speak loudly for what you know. He turned his passion into a career and found work in a design firm- illustrating and animating in a small team in Newcastle, Australia.
He recently wrote, produced and animated his first film, “Good Dog,” in 2016.
If you’d like to learn more about “Good Dog,” you can visit Cant’s website.
Q/A with Tim Cant
1. What first drew you to pursue making this specific film project?
“Good Dog” started one sick day I had off work, where I really wanted to be animating but had nothing to work on from home. So I started sketching a little dog, thought it was cute, so animated it a little, thought that was REALLY cute so I developed a story and started animating.
2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?
I love many aspects of filmmaking, but in “Good Dog,” I am especially proud of the sound design that was put into it. The main story of “Good Dog” is told in a single, locked off shot that doesn’t show anything other than the interior of a car. The audience is guided to feel certain ways by 2 things; (1) the Dog, and how it acts, and (2) the sound – what we hear and how it contextualizes what the Dog is feeling. Having all the action take place off screen via sound was an interesting choice for me, because now the audience has to use their brains, constantly trying to figure out what is happening and where the story is going.
3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?
“Good Dog” was influenced by a bunch of films and filmmakers that I love- I won’t name them all, but I took inspiration from old cel based animations and tried to emulate that look. Movies that rely heavy on building atmosphere were also up there. I respect films like “Bullitt” (1968), “No Country For Old Men” (2007) and “Drive” (2011) that can have such an intense feel about them through their use of silence and sounds. They don’t have swelling music or big action scores to make you feel, they carefully draw out those feelings with other filmmaking techniques, which I’ve also utilized in my short film.
4. What is your favorite film?
I have so many favourite films that sometimes it’s hard to say an exact one. Right now, with how I’m feeling and the weather, I’m going to say “Jurassic Park” – a classic.
“Good Dog” is the last short film in the Short Film Session #2 beginning on Friday, August 25 ay 2pm.
Fest tickets can be purchased online below or at mosaicfilmfest.com/attend for $10.
These are all screening/all weekend VIP tickets. They will also be available on Friday, August 25th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event. Single day tickets will be available at the box office on both Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. They cost $5. Those tickets are only available on August 26th and 27th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.
For more information about the 2017 Mosaic World Film Festival as well as a list of all the films being featured visit mosaicfilmfest.com.