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"Do you wish to see a miracle?" Dr Claude Belgon, Aerial Biologist from the Academy
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Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Excellent animation style which suits the story being told very well. See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Joel Edgerton ... Jasper Morello (voice)

Helmut Bakaitis ... Doctor Claude Belgon (voice)
Tommy Dysart ... Captain Griswald (voice)
Jude Beaumont ... Amelia (voice)

Richard Moss ... Kovaks and Additional Voices (voice)
Lewis Fiander ... Engineer Kemp and Additional Voices (voice)
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Directed by
Anthony Lucas 
 
Writing credits
Mark Shirrefs (screenplay)

Anthony Lucas (story) &
Mark Shirrefs (story)

Produced by
Susie Campbell .... executive producer
Anthony Lucas .... producer
Julia Lucas .... producer
Mark Shirrefs .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bruce Rowland 
 
Film Editing by
David Tait 
 
Production Design by
Anthony Lucas 
 
Sound Department
Matt Bauer .... sound editor
John Rowland .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
David Tait .... visual effects supervisor
 
Animation Department
David Cook .... animator
Janelle Kilner .... animator
Brock Knowles .... animator
Anthony Lucas .... animator
Jacob Winkler .... animator
 
Music Department
Robin Gray .... scoring mixer
 
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Tony Nagle .... production accountant
 

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Australia:26 min | Argentina:28 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Excellent animation style which suits the story being told very well., 26 March 2006

This short, which was nominated for an Academy Award, is a form of stop-motion where the figures are primarily shot in silhouette to make them darker and to heighten the overall mood of terror and suspense. The technique is perfectly suited to the story being told, which has so many literary and cinematic influences that its hard to know where to begin.

In addition to the more obvious suspects (Poe, Verne, Wells, et cetera) I would also add Bram Stoker and a sub-genre of Science Fiction/Fantasy called "steampunk", which Lucas himself has cited as an influence. Novels like The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling and Lord Kelvin's Machine by James P. Blaylock (both highly recommended, though not as dark as Morello, if you like the basic idea of a high(er)-tech Victorian England) are excellent examples of "steampunk" and I would be a bit surprised if Lucas hasn't read at least one or both. The feel is certainly there.

One warning: this is NOT a short for children, especially young children. There are at least two scenes unsuited for anyone younger than 12 or 13. This is available on an all-region DVD made in Australia. Most highly recommended.

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