Austin-based filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt is an Oscar nominee for the animated short “World of Tomorrow.”
Joe Gross wrote this about his movie earlier this year:
Austin animator Don Hertzfeldt’s phenomenal sci-fi short film “World of Tomorrow” is now available for rental on Vimeo.
The winner of the grand jury prize at Sundance, best animated short at SXSW, best animated short at the Omaha Film Festival, an audience award at Glasgow Short Film Festival and special jury mention at the Regard Short Film Festival, “World of Tomorrow” is a 16-minute wonder about a little girl named Emily.
Played by Hetzfeldt’s then-4-year-old niece Winona, Emily receives a very special message from a relative who takes her on a tour of our world several hundred years later. (“You cannot direct a four year old,” Hertzfeldt wrote in an essay about the movie on his website bitterfilms.com. “You cannot even expect a four year old to recite lines back at you. You just sort of have to let the four year old happen.”)
British animator Julia Pott, in her first acting role, plays the other character, also named Emily.
Hertzfeldt’s animated films include “It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” “The Meaning of Life,” “Billy’s Balloon” and “Rejected.”
“Beautiful Day,” his first feature film, made it on to a mess of 2012 year-end lists.