Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Animated Short 'Fox and the Whale' among 10 Films in Oscar Race

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Animated Short 'Fox and the Whale' among 10 Films in Oscar Race

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Canadian animated short among 10 films in Oscar race

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TORONTO - A self-financed animated short by Toronto-based Robin Joseph, which takes inspiration from the landscape of Salt Spring Island, B.C., is one step closer to an Oscar nomination.

Joseph's "Fox and the Whale" is among 10 short animated films that have advanced in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards.

Joseph says he directed and produced the independent film in his home studio, spending more than $40,000 from personal savings.

Animator Kim Leow, his girlfriend, did the character animation for the story about a fox crossing vast terrain in search of an elusive whale.

"A lot of (the film) had to do with the pursuit for curiosity and where I personally was in the industry at that time," Joseph said Monday in a phone interview, after the Oscar contenders were revealed.

"Then another portion of it was the technical side of it, if it was possible to do something of a high visual quality with a tiny budget and a very tiny crew, which is mainly just myself and my girlfriend. So it was kind of an experiment in many ways."

Joseph said the visuals in the film -- of land, water and starry skies -- reflect his interest in space and a visit to Salt Spring Island in 2008.

"The specific environment in the film doesn't follow exact geography of the place, but definitely, that was the inspiration," he said. …

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