<em>Palm Springs Short Fest</em> by MAKE <em>Palm Springs Short Fest</em> by MAKE

Palm Springs Short Fest by MAKE

How sweet it is! Minneapolis-based MAKE created this animated signal film for the forthcoming Palm Springs International ShortFest:

(Thanks, John Faso)

  • Wow, that’s really nice work.

    Amazing what can be told in a short amount of time.

  • Nick

    this is so amazing and inspiring

  • Chris Webb

    Loved it.

    Loved the toon rendering on the cars too.

    I just loved it.

  • Brilliant! Bravo!

    Seriously, one of the best things I’ve seen. Get’s the message across clearly yet stylishly. Great design, direction. Acting and music were spot on.

  • Pretty cool stuff!

    Makes me wonder why there isn’t more cinema noir in animated features.

    Well, I guess it’s not very family oriented. Wish Brad Bird had done his The Spirit or Ray Gunn.

  • Wow! Why can’t there be more cartoons like this?! I don’t mean instead of all the great stuff out there already, I mean in ADDITION to it!

  • Paul N

    Love it!

  • That was awesome.

  • Richard

    Hey thats really fun – thanks for posting

  • Beautifully made all round. Very clever use of narration and noir tropes to tell a complete story in 50 seconds too.

  • Fantastic! I love the animation and the design of the detective.

  • DavetheRave

    Very cool! Hope a feature will be made like that someday!

  • Beautiful work. Love the design, the animation, and the pacing of the entire piece.

  • Steve Menke

    Good luck to the short films — they’ve got a hard act to follow!

  • erlab

    What?!!? That is unreal!

  • Katella Gate

    Great short, but a pointer from somebody that lived in Palm Springs for 15 years: If you find yourself in a nearly empty movie theater, and a big guy sits down next to you in a trench coat…

  • Man that was awesome!

  • Rufus

    Now take whoever made this, give him a million bucks or two and make it a feature film. I’d pay a lot to see this.

  • Beautiful…loved every second of that.

  • Wow, thanks for the kind words everybody! This project was an incredibly enjoyable experience for me, and really a dream come true. I got to work with an incredibly passionate and dedicated team of artists and performers, and my producer Danny Robashkin at MAKE deserves a special thanks for allowing the project the time, attention, and care it was given. The influences are spot that people pointed out – I’m one of those people who just pined for a Brad Bird ‘The Spirit’ and ‘Ray Gunn’. Thanks for watching! And Jerry, thank you for the post!

  • So good! I especially liked the little tied-up dweeb.

  • red pill junkie

    Make this a full motion picture please :)

  • Brian D. Scott

    That was awesome!

  • Justin

    That was so fresh and inspiring after being beaten with that Tangled trash and Smurfy shit.

  • andrew chesworth directed this, and I’d give a million dollars if i had it to see this as a movie. gorgeous stuff, cograts to justin weber, aaron quist, alec mueller jordan hill and the rest of the team! this is the best thing i’ve seen in a long long while.

  • This is great!

    Anyone have the crew list?

  • Credits:


    Danny Robashkin

    Director/Lead Animator:
    Andrew Chesworth

    John Olive
    Elise Langer
    Nicholas Mrozinski

    Steve Horner – Horner Music

    Animation Production Team:
    Justin Weber
    Aaron Quist
    Alec Mueller
    Jordan Hill
    Ben Bury
    Niklas Norman
    Joe Kim

  • Roberto Severino

    Whoever made this sure has quite a talent! I wonder how long it took that person to make this, because it was really well animated and designed.

  • Absolutely awesome! Way to go Andrew and MAKE!

  • It’s great to see so many of my former MCAD students doing such fantastic work. I’m taking credit for teaching you guys everything you know — even if it’s not true.

  • tomm

    nicely done indeed

  • This is fantastic work from start to finish!

    VERY well done.

  • BobT

    I love it!

    I downloaded the quicktime version , so I could watch it over and over again. I can also take in every single frame, one at the time.

    The only problem I have with it is that there isn’t more of it.
    I’d love it to be feature length.

    So good.

  • Wonderful animation and characters!

  • Kyle

    Wow, impressive!

  • Man! Now this is something I could watch for 90 minutes…

  • Clueless

    Holy expletive! That was awesome. Rethinking my decision to go to MCAD :P Completely refreshing, genuine, and well crafted.

  • Uncle Stan

    Bravo Andrew…mature, dramatic, with some good punch!

  • Scarabim

    VERY nice!!!!!

  • Mom and Dad

    We are sooo proud of you Andrew! The final product is incredible! The talent and creativity is over the top. We agree that it would be a fabulous feature film! :)

  • Bravo! Amazing work. Every second is filled with joy. :)

    Congratulations for the team that made it.

  • Andy W

    Great Stuff Andrew….curious what software did you use for the animation?

  • The 2D animation was hand drawn right into Photoshop on cintiqs, 3D props (such as the cars) were made in Maya, and the whole thing was composited in After Effects. I was fortunate enough to work on this as an animator. Andrew is a wonderful director and was able to pull a lot of great work out of the whole team!

  • Akbar Shahzad

    This is brilliant. I’ve always thought animation would be perfect for capturing the essence of film noir (I mean, look at comic books) but, until now, I’d never seen it done. And it only took 50 seconds. Well done, Andrew Chesworth! It’ll be a hell of a festival if any of the shorts are better than this one.

  • I love the design, the loose but controlled animation, the spare use of color, the scene transitions…heck I like everything. Richard Williams made an excellent commercial for a breath mint that used a noir look with line drawings and tongue in cheek narration, this was better.

  • Justin Spurlin

    Wouldn’t you say that Palm Springs Festival ad is, what?—100 times more appealing? too conservative?—than the feature-film trailers you show? Would you rather see a feature film that looked like that (and what a shame we won’t be getting one) or a feature film that looks like “The Smurfs”?

  • Rooniman

    I feel totally refreshed by this fantastic piece of art! I give a 100 out of 5 stars. It made me forget about the crappy modern CGI films that plagued my mind before.

  • Great advert by what looks to be really good studio, from Minneapolis no less!

  • That was awesome. It reminds me of Batman the Animated Series. Dripping with style and packs a punch.

  • would LOVE to see more feature 2-d with this level of production value. great portrayal of the genre!

  • Brad Bird

    I also really love that the cleanup line is sharp without being tight and lifeless. It has that great “fresh-from-the-oven” feel of pencil tests.

  • David Breneman

    That’s a real gem, Mr. Chesworth. You and your team should be proud.

  • Caresse

    WOW! That’s all I have to say!

  • Chuz

    Great short… loved it.

  • Nice! What a brilliant and creative way to introduce the event. :)

  • Someone definitely needs to fund a major motion picture by Chesworth! That was some great stuff!

  • james madison

    Bravo! Excellent work. I’m inspired!

  • Nice’n meaty. Awesome!

  • Ben K.

    I know everyone has said it already, but damn was that an excellent 50 seconds. Congratulations to the production team!

  • Max Million

    Judging by these raves, maybe it’s time for a quality 2D revival. The rub is that would really have to be quality.

  • Emily

    Wow, really beautiful!

  • This was certainly a work of passion and thought..your skill has matured through the years and it shows.

  • This is certainly a work of passion and thorough thought..your skill has matured through the years we are fortunate to have such a creative mind in our midst. I have enjoyed your work through the years and look forward to seeing more of you in the future.
    The short was meaty and energitic the meaning delivered with spectacular design and the use of color was devine. I must say I really enjoyed this animation with gusto. The shooting scene was to the point and finished with surprise. I liked the kisses placed all over the detectives face. I chuckled.The body of movement was exciting the scene changes right on target kept my attention. The design of the characters are fabulous, rounds where needed and square shaped angles on the detective face gave him a strength of character before he showed his true colors. It amazed me how this short delivered a story that was power packed. Thanks for entertaining me.
    I just marvel at your gift and always have.I look forward to your career in this field may all your dreams come true.

  • Sherrie Warren

    Andrew – your animation is great! I have just one question: Someday when you are nominated for an Academy Award will you take me as your date? Aunt Sherrie

  • Sister Emily

    AMAZING!! I loved it!! You are awesome Andrew!

  • Wow!!! Like everybody else here I’m dying to see a feature made like this. Congrats to MAKE!