GREENER

...an outrageous combination of clay, metal mechanisms, 2-D animation and provocative 1984-esque dialogue.

You can watch the trailer here, then buy the film on DVD on iTunes or VIMEO.


"GREENER" is the mixed-media CalArts thesis film by Mark Osborne, shot on 16mm film, completed in 1994. It is a twisted portrait of two creatures safely confined inside a complex support system of their own creation. One character eerily controls the static comfort of the situation, while the other innocently follows his instincts to discover what lays outside their sheltered existence. This bizarre and darkly humorous film is in essence an animated search for the self, journeying from one medium to the next.

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'THE BIRTH OF GREENER' MAKING OF DOCUMENTARY

The first animated short film created by Mark Osborne began while he was a student in the Experimental Animation department at CalARTS in 1991. It was a bold and ambitious film, born out of a nightmare and a deep need for therapy to deal with the pressure and stresses of moving all the way to California from the east coast where he grew up. The making of the film was documented in great detail by Mat Hames at Alpheus Media, for the DVD release in partnership with  It is described as a hauntingly beautiful glimpse into a mechanical world. This half-hour documentary was produced using archival material and new interviews to explore the making of this pivotal and bold short film.

The trailer for 'The Birth of Greener', full 30 minute version is available on Vimeo and DVD.


'GREENER' CREDITS

Written and Directed by: Mark Osborne

Original Music and Sound Design by: Drew Neumann

Creative Consultant: Al Arthur

Assistant Animators: Clare Crespo, Al Arthur, Rachel Bibb and Jeffo Thomas

Prosthetic Make-up: Jim Long

Live Action Unit Crew: Kent Osborne, Al Arthur, Clare Crespo

Splash Boys: Dylan Haggarty, Eric Simonsen

Special Thanks: Kent Osborne, Dylan Haggerty, Tim Ellis, David Daniels, Bill Lebeda, Chris Ferriter ,Steve Hillenburg. David Fain, Dad and Mom

Very Special Thanks: Maureen Selwood, Jules Engel and Christine Panushka


IMAGES FROM THE FILM


BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS


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