I saw this man many years ago, When I was working as a security guard in a hospital. he was very old and probably had a bad addiction to cigarettes which his wife forbade him to smoke and swore us not to give.
Eventually when she wasn't looking He'd pick up butts off the floor and smoke what was left of them, and as soon as she came back he'd toss them aside in a speed you wouldn't believe. There was something very comic and very tragic about the way he did that.
thirteen years later I still remember him.
I didn't really think about it while working on this until at a relatively late point I realised this is a sort of a homage to the amazing tree scene from Miyazaki's "Totoro"
I just began with the branches and the tree was completely naked, and then when I added the leaves it was just there.
It was fun doing it, anyway.
This is dedicated to Ari Folman and David Polonsky, who boarded a plane to the US today to start setting up the live shoot for our next feature "The Congress".
Hoping they get everything done on time! I'm supposed to start my part around April 2011, so for now, I just animate bizzare planes on my spare time. (This is actually quite mellow in comparison to what's going to happen in the movie)