The multi-talented cartoonist, director, author and animator Christopher Nielsen wrote a cartoon called "The Escalator (Rulletrappen)" back in the 90s.
He tells the story of people trying reach the top of an endless escalator. What will they find at the top?
Nobody really knows, but they are all certain that it´s better to try and get to the top, than being dragged down to bottom of stairs with all the loosers.
The film symbolizes the never ending struggle to achieve a better life, happy family, career etc.
But is all this hard work worth the enormous effort?
The cartoon is brought to life as a 3D animated short film for an adult audience.
The universe is a dismal, gritty place. All part of the big machine.
Brilliant animation, texturing and lighting by Qvisten Animation bring Nielsen´s characters to life.
Another cool aspect of this project was that it was crowdfunded, where fans of Nielsens´s work could get their names on the credit roll,
receive limited edition printed posters etc.
I had the pleasure to colourgrade the film together with Nielsen and the creatives from Qvisten.
The film premieres at The Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad June 12th 2014.
Production Company: Qvisten Animation AS
Producers: Fredrik Fottland , Ove Heiborg
Director: Christopher Nielsen
Cast: Trond Fausa Aurvåg,Anders T. Andersen, Jan Sælid, Marte Engebrigtsen, Alexandra Yumbi, Finn Schau, Kim Sørensen, Anders Mordal
Art Direction / DOP: Are Austnes
Animation Studio: Qvisten Animation AS
Animation Direction: Yaprak Morali
Animators: Yaprak Morali, Dani Sappa, David Rodriguez
Light / Render Supervisor: Raymond Kreppene
Technical Supervisors: Jo Jürgens / Raymond Kreppene
Comp Supervisor: Steven Elvesæter
Sound Design: Kai Priddy
Sound Mix: Espen Rønning
Original Music: Masselys
Colorist: Dylan R. Hopkin
Duration: approx. 10 minutes