Sweet Tooth (2017)
"A doodle's colourful appetite leads to a vibrant transformation..."
Sweet Tooth is an animated Micro Short, with a runtime of just under 90 seconds. It features a peculiar doodle nicknamed Crescent the Cat, whose first action, upon being drawn to life, is to devour a large jar of multicoloured candy.
Sweet Tooth was awarded a Special Mention from the Children's Jury at Encounters 2018, and was then invited to screen at dozens of Children's Film Festivals across the world!
Music: "Amazing Plan" by Kevin Macleod
Sound effects: Hannah Anastasi & freesound.org
The concept for 'Sweet Tooth' initially came from some doodles of a cat-like creature with a crescent-shaped head that I drew inside one of my old notebooks. In one drawing, the cat was juggling coloured balls. When I found the drawing a few years later, the oddness of the image stuck with me so I decided to use that image as a starting point for a hand-drawn animated short. I had wanted to give myself a project that would involve animating an original character, with lots of short scenes and lively movement, so it seemed like a perfect fit.
But the main stipulation was that the film must be under 90 seconds long. For someone with little film-making experience at that time, I thought that these guidelines would keep the project manageable. It would force me to learn where my strengths and weaknesses lie as an Animator, as well as a Director.
Because the runtime was so important, I selected the music first. Taking inspiration from early Disney shorts that were led heavily by their scores, and Independent films like Micheal Ducok De Wit's 'The Monk and the Fish', I completed a storyboard that matched the tempo of the song I had chosen. It wasn't long before I had a simple story of a doodle springing to life and undergoing a transformation to become a finished drawing after consuming a jar of multicoloured candy.