Time rodent is a grotesque, strongly visually and colourfully stylized short film. Using distinctive animation, it tells the story of the world in 5, 10 or even 100,000 years in an abstract parable, a kind of civilizational, comic anti-fairy-tale about the gradual decay of the world and further possible evolutional transformation of its inhabitants. The protagonist of this story is a witness to this process – a half humanoid, half animal creature going through the individual periods of our future on earth.
In his art Ondřej Švadlena pushes the boundaries of modern 3D animation, that can withstand even the most exacting critical standards. It builds on loose, emotional storytelling and impeccable 3D animation to evoke apocalyptic, romantic and surreal fantasies. He is connected to Czech culture by his dark humor and sense of absurdity which is reflected in his dizzyingly morbid, wordless carnivals of futuristic imagination and echoes of the atmosphere of communist era industrialism.
The movie was co-produced by the Czech Republic and France. In the Czech Republic, the producer is the MAUR film company. The French producer is Nicolas Schmerkin with the company Autour de Minuit, which is one of France’s best studios devoted to artistic 3D animation and which is the proud recipient of an Academy Award for best short film – Logorama (2009).
The Czech producer Martin Vandas says about his meeting with the French award winning producer: „I first met Nicolas a few years ago at Anifest in Teplice. I was there at the time to have a look at the beginnings of the Visegrad animation forum, where the first short animated films were being presented and where Ondřej Švadlena both disgusted and impressed the audience with his film Mr.Dr.Chain. A few years passed and together we decided to make Ondřej Švadlena’s new, dark short film Time Rodent about a strange rodent floating and seeping through time in apocalyptic times. For us, Time rodent is a prestigious short film from a Czech author. We greatly value the opportunity to work with one of the most important French short film producers in a Czech-French co-production.“
The project is supported by the Czech State Cinematography Fund and the French CNC, with significant support from the international software company Chaos Group.
| CREATIVE TEAM
DIRECTOR, SCRIPT, ANIMATION Ondřej Švadlena
CZECH REPUBLIC MAUR film / Martin Vandas
FRANCE Autour de Minuit / Nicolas Schmerkin
| TECHNICAL DETAILS
RUNNING LENGTH 5 min