Saturday, March 3
Screens in the The Cutting Edge: Experimental and Animation Program
Some relationships are toxic. Told with animation and live-action, ‘Drained’ tells the story of how a man’s addictions can destroy the woman he loves.
It’s rare when a director has the chance to make a film without creative restrictions. This film was one of those opportunities. Some time ago, Jon Heder and I were looking for a project we could make that would allow us to flex our creative muscles and make something truly unique and different. I wanted the live action in this film to blend with the stop-motion so it all felt like it was part of the same world. To achieve this I shot the whole film with a still camera, shooting at 8 frames per second, rather than using the “HD video” mode. After 10 days of shooting and with over 254,000 stills later we were finished shooting.
I loved making this film. It was months and months of hard, tedious work for myself and a hand-picked group of extremely talented people all working together towards a singular vision of making something never seen before.
Nick Peterson (Director/Writer/Producer) graduated from the prestigious animation program of The California Institute of the Arts (Calarts).
His stop-motion short student film, “MuM” received tremendous critical acclaim at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen in over 40 festivals worldwide, garnering a College Emmy Award and three Best Short awards. In 2006, Peterson directed the feature length Live-Action film Dark Mind starring Christopher Masterson (“Malcolm in the Middle”) and Lyndsy Fonseca (“Kick Ass,” “Nikita”). This dark thriller screened in numerous film festivals across the United States and internationally before its DVD release in the winter of 2007.
Jon Heder (born October 26, 1977) is an American screenwriter, actor, and filmmaker. His feature film debut came in 2004 as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He has also acted in the films The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, Blades of Glory, Mama’s Boy, and When in Rome, and provided voice talents in the animated films Monster House and Surf’s Up.