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4 April 2007 (France) See more »
A peaceful fishing trip on a remote desert planet turns out to not to be so peaceful after all. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A biting, insightful scifi satire... or a brainless action romp, you be the judge See more (5 total) »



Directed by
Tim Miller 
Writing credits
Tim Miller (story) and
Jeremy Cook (story) and
Paul Taylor (story) and
Chuck Wojthiewicz (story)

Tim Miller (written by)

Produced by
Sherry Wallace .... producer
Original Music by
Rob Cairns 
Art Direction by
Jeremy Cook 
Art Department
Sean McNally .... concept art
Sean McNally .... storyboard artist
Chuck Wojthiewicz .... concept art
Chuck Wojthiewicz .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Richard Gray .... sound designer
Richard Gray .... sound recordist
Pete Kneser .... sound designer
Pete Kneser .... sound recordist
Gary Zacuto .... sound designer
Gary Zacuto .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Heikki Anttila .... finishing
Heikki Anttila .... modeler
Jerome Benjean .... finishing
Jerome Benjean .... modeler
Irfan Celik .... modeler
Sebastien Chort .... finishing
Jeremy Cook .... finishing
Jeremy Cook .... modeler
Jeremy Cook .... visual effects supervisor
Jon Jordan .... animation technical director
Seung Jae Lee .... visual effects
Kevin Margo .... finishing
Kevin Margo .... modeler
David Fred Masselink .... film I/O coordinator
Tim Miller .... animation supervisor
Daniel Perez Ferreira .... visual effects
David Stinnett .... finishing
Sungwook Su .... visual effects
Jeff Weisend .... animation supervisor
Dave Wilson .... finishing
Camera and Electrical Department
Heiki Anttila .... lighting technician
Jerome Benjean .... lighting technician
Sebastien Chort .... lighting technician
Paul Hormis .... rigger
Kevin Margo .... lighting technician
Animation Department
Wim Bien .... animator
Luc Degardin .... animator
Jean-Dominique Fievet .... animator
Jeff Fowler .... animator
David Hibbeln .... layout animator
Makoto Koyama .... animator
Remi McGill .... animator
David Nibbelin .... layout artist
Cemre Ozkurt .... animator
Derron Ross .... animator
Davy Sabbe .... animator
George Schermer .... animator
Jason Taylor .... character animator
August Wartenberg .... animator
Jeff Weisend .... animator
Jeff Wilson .... animator
Onur Yeldan .... animator
Other crew
John Bunt .... motion capture supervisor
Paul Hormis .... cloth simulator
Dave Humpherys .... programmer
Dave Humpherys .... systems administrator
Wonnee Lee .... title designer
Jennifer Miller .... title designer
Matt Newell .... programmer
Matt Newell .... systems administrator
Daemeon Nicolaou .... programmer
Daemeon Nicolaou .... systems administrator
Amanda Powell .... production assistant
Duane Powell .... programmer
Duane Powell .... systems administrator
Barry Robison .... programmer
Barry Robison .... systems administrator
James Silverman .... motion capture actor
Jeff Weisend .... motion capture supervisor
Debbie G. Yu .... production coordinator

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9 min

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A biting, insightful scifi satire... or a brainless action romp, you be the judge, 20 November 2014
Author: rooprect from New York City

"Rockfish" was, in 2003, Blur Studio's most ambitious project which required the labors of computer graphics experts around the clock for 4 months. By today's standards, it's probably about as visually impressive as the latest video game. But in 2003 which is rapidly becoming ancient technological history, it was quite an achievement.

Reading the other reviews I see most people take this as a simple action/suspense/scifi short with no deep story or theme. That may be the case, and this may be simply a 2003 computer technology showcase. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there is a very subtle yet very powerful message here. Don't worry, I won't spoil anything...

The short begins with our hero Sirius Kirk arriving on a barren planet. By the way, we are never told his name and there is no dialogue. I just know his name from the comic strip this is based on. Sirius, a lantern jawed macho man, proceeds to use his giant ATV the size of Shea Stadium to drill a hole in the desert and drop a line. Joined by his dog-like creature, he lays back and starts to snooze. Suddenly he gets a bite. But it's no ordinary bite. The rest of the short takes us on a harrowing battle of man vs. beast, or hunter vs. prey.

In the first 2 minutes we see that this is the embellished story of a man who goes hunting with his dog. What you get from this animation depends on your opinion of hunting, particularly the hunting of rare & exotic creatures. The punchline, which I won't ruin, is very subtle but it tells me that the creators of this short are definitely hitting us with a dose of biting sarcasm. At least I hope they're being sarcastic, otherwise I would want to punch someone.

It reminds me of the excellent Veerhoven film "Starship Troopers" which, on the surface, is a straightforward heart-pounding scifi action flick about humans fighting the monsters. But the real point is that the definition of "monster" is arbitrary, and quite often the "monster" is the hero. Veerhoven is known for his ironic spins on things (like the great dark comedy action flick "Robocop"), but since I'm not familiar with Blur Studio's filmmakers, it's hard to be sure of their message. Also I'm from Canada, and Canadians don't get sarcasm (haha, that's a line from 30 Rock).

If you see this short, try to look beyond the action and see if you catch the same subtle irony I did. I hope that was the intent of the creators: to challenge us with a seemingly clearcut battle of good vs. evil that may not be what it seems. If I'm right, then this is a brilliant effort which really made me think hard about the human race. If I'm wrong, then it's just a mindless 9 minute animation with a lot of things whizzing by. Either way, give it a look.

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