Sweet Tooth (2017)
"An incomplete drawing's insatiable appetite for colour leads to a vibrant transformation..."
Sweet Tooth is an animated Microfilm, 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.
Initially planned to take one year, the film wound up taking two years to complete due to a back injury!
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, I drew the cat juggling coloured balls. Upon rediscovering 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 wanted to give myself a project that would involve animating an original character, with lots of short scenes and lively movement.
But the main stipulation was that the film must be under 90 seconds long. For someone with little film-making experience --let alone animation experience at the 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 it was important to keep the length of the film under 90 seconds, 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 came up with a jovial story of a little cat breaking into a glass Jar filled with multicoloured sweets and completed a storyboard that matched the tempo of the song I had chosen.