The Velvet Abstract

T H E  V E L V E T  A B S T R A C T

A short film about the environmental age set against a plethora of visual effects, illustrations, and animations from a team spanning six continents

Synopsis

The Velvet Abstract was produced on six continents and features a narrated poem over a plethora of visual effects and animations with a dark purple color palette to represent the cataclysmic stain of mankind on the environment. The first half of the film deals with our vices and darker thoughts, the things we focus on to avoid responsibility. The second half is what is happening to the planet in the absence of our concerted effort to save it.

Production

After writing the one page poem which became the narration in the film, James developed his poem into a ten page visual screenplay, with an array of ambitious sequences. Using storyboards and stock footage, James meticulously designed each of the 26 sequences in the film, to create a complete visualisation of the short film. He then took the production to six continents, working with some of the leading visual effects artists and animators in the world today. Some of the other projects they were working on simultaneously were; Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Avatar, The Hunger Games, and The Martian.

Along with this talent, the film was edited by Patrick J Don Vito, the Oscar Nominated Editor of this year’s Best Picture winner, Green Book. Patrick had been involved with the film since its inception and his passion for the project saw him editing it while working on well known studio pictures from his base in Los Angeles. The film was scored by Jean-Pascal Beintus, who has worked on The Shape of Water, Harry Potter, Argo, The Imitation Game, and many more.

Such was the dedication of James to perfect this self-financed film, it took seven years to bring it to the screen. During its festival journey it was accepted into 75 international film festivals.

Awards

Best Animated Short Film – Sydney Indie Film Festival
Best Animated Short Film – Twin Tiers International Film Festival
Best Animated Short Film – Sicily International Film Festival
Best Animated Short Film – Grecanica International Film Festival
Best Animated Short Film – Frostbite Film Festival
Best Animated Short Film – End of Days Film Festival
Best Animated Short Film – Baretower Forge Film Festival
Best Animated Short Film – Winchester Film Festival
Best Experimental Film – Fargo Film Festival
Best Experimental Film – Liverpool Film Festival
Best Experimental Film – The MTB Film Awards
Best Experimental Film – Oniros Film Awards
Best Experimental Short Film – Great Message International Film Festival
Best Experimental Short Film – Independent Short Film Awards
Best Experimental Short Film – Queen Palm International Film Festival
Best Editing – Queen Palm International Film Festival
Best Music Score – Queen Palm International Film Festival
Best Music Score  – New Renaissance Film Festival
Best Music Score – Roots of Europe International Film Festival
Best Visual Effects – Baretower Forge Film Festival

Official Selections

Fargo Film Festival
San Diego Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Louisiana International Film Festival
Long Island International Film Festival
Sydney Indie Film Festival
New Renaissance Film Festival
Kerry Film Festival
Crystal Palace International Film Festival
Liverpool Film Festival
Green Bay Film Festival
Winchester Film Festival
Girona Film Festival
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
Twin Tiers International Film Festival
Fastnet Film Festival
West Nordic International Film Festival
Southampton International Film Festival
Purbeck Film Festival
Unrestricted View Film Festival
Faro International Short Film Festival
Pentedattilo Film Festival
Fimucité
New Renaissance Film Festival – Holland
Supernova Digital Animation Festival
Indigo Moon Film Festival
Black Cat Picture Show
Great Message International Film Festival
Comicpalooza
South Texas Underground Film Festival
Seanema Film Festival
East Coast Film Festival
Soo Film Festival
Jahorina Film Festival
Universal Film Festival
Wasteland Film Festival
Frostbite International Film Festival
Queen City Film Festival
International Peace & Film Festival
Top Indie Film Awards
Disappear Here Film Festival
F3: Frankly Film Festival
International Sound & Film Music Festival
Barcelona Planet Film Festival
Los Angeles CineFest
Muybridge Short Film Festival
Cosmic Film Festival
Cartoon Club Film Festival
Baretower Forge Film Festival
The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards
Lanett City Film Festival
Oniros Film Awards
Redline International Film Festival
Leicester Film Festival
Golden Kuker International Film Festival
Grecanica International Film Festival
Eurasia International Film Film Festival
New Forest Film Festival
San Benedetto Film Fest
Link International Film Festival
Ningalens Film Competition
Short Cut Film Festival
Alternative Film Festival
Sound and Vision Film Festival
Europa Film Festival
The Macoproject Film Festival
Roots of Europe International Film Festival
Independent Shorts Awards
Blue Danube Film Festival
Queen Palm International Film Festival
FFIFA
Antakya Film Festival
Regina International Film Festival
Caselle Film Festival
Sicily International Film Festival
End of Days Film Festival

Press

“Exemplary independent filmmaking.” – Fargo Film Festival

“A beautiful film.” – San Diego Film Festival

“A gorgeous film.” – Kerry Film Festival

“Well written and enthralling.” – Starbust Magazine

“A breathtaking environmental film.” – 2eyes1screen

“Absolutely wonderful.” – Liverpool Film Festival

“Truly stunning.” – End of Days Film Festival

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