Borrowed Time (film)

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Borrowed Time
Borrowed Time short film poster.png
Film poster
Directed by
Produced byAmanda Deering Jones
Written by
  • Andrew Coats
  • Lou Hamou-Lhadj
  • Mark C. Harris
Starring
Music byGustavo Santaolalla
CinematographyLuke Martorelli
Edited byKathy Toon
Production
company
Quorum Films
Release date
  • October 31, 2015 (2015-10-31) (Austin Film Festival)
  • October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Borrowed Time is a 2015 American animated western drama short film directed by Pixar artists Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj.[1]

Plot[edit]

In the Old West, a sheriff and his young son are traveling on a wagon trail. The sheriff gives his son his own pocket watch and his hat for good luck. During their trek, their stagecoach is attacked by bandits. While the sheriff attempts to fend off their attackers, the son drives the wagon, but loses control when it collides with a rock, breaking a wagon wheel, and causing the sheriff to be flung over a nearby cliff's edge. The son recovers, and observes the damage. As he looks around, he finds his father hanging on to a lower rock ledge. Attempting to reach his father with his hand, he isn't able to reach him; subsequently, the sheriff hands his son his rifle for additional leverage, and the son begins to pull him up. Before the son can pull his father to the top of the cliff, he puts his finger inside the trigger guard and accidentally fires the rifle, killing his father by mistake, leaving the young son traumatized.

Many years later, the son has risen to the office of the sheriff, and visits the cliff where his father died. Reliving the events of that day, he contemplates suicide, unable to cope with the guilt. When he accidentally slips at the cliff's edge, he begins to have second thoughts. He quickly climbs back up, and as he looks around, he sees the pocket watch his father gave to him. He retrieves it, and breaks down crying. He cradles the watch in his hands, and breathes deeply in a short moment of solace. He holds the watch close to his heart, and it starts ticking.

Production[edit]

The short took roughly five years to develop, from 2010 to 2015, as a part of Pixar's Co-op Program, which allows their animators to use Pixar resources to produce independent films.[2][3][4] The directors worked on the film in their spare time, while remaining full-time at Pixar and contributing to projects such as Inside Out, Brave, The Good Dinosaur, and WALL-E, along with shorts such as Toy Story That Time Forgot, Day & Night, Toy Story of Terror!, and Partly Cloudy.

Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Recipients Result
2015 SIGGRAPH Best In Show Andrew Coats
Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Won[5]
St. Louis International Film Festival Best Animated Short Won[6]
2016 Brooklyn Film Festival Won[7]
Fastnet Short Film Festival Best Cinematography James Campbell & Luke Martorelli Won [8]
USA Film Festival First Place: Animation Andrew Coats
Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Won[9]
Woods Hole Film Festival Best Short Animation Won[10]
2017 Academy Awards Best Animated Short Film Nominated[11][12]
22nd Empire Awards Best Short Film Nominated[13]
Reel Shorts Film Festival Best Animated Short Won[14]

The short was included in The animation Showcase 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Borrowed Time". Facebook.
  2. ^ Failes, Ian (January 24, 2017). "How Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj Made The Independent Short 'Borrowed Time' Inside Pixar". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Hill, Libby (January 29, 2017). "Two Pixar animators explore the depths of grief and guilt in 'Borrowed Time'". LA Times. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Desowitz, Bill (January 29, 2017). "'Borrowed Time': How Two Pixar Animators Made a Daring, Off-Brand Western Short". Indiewire. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Harary, Dan. "SIGGRAPH 2016 ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS AND HIGHLIGHTS OF 43RD ANNUAL COMPUTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL". SIGGRAPH. ACM SIGGRAPH. Archived from the original on 2018-01-14. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  6. ^ "2015 SLIFF Awards". Cinema St. Louis. Cinema St. Louis. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Animation Film @ Brooklyn Film Festival". January 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "…AND THE WINNERS ARE – FFF 2016". Fastnet Film Festival. Fastnet Film Festival. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  9. ^ "USA Film Festival Official Website". USA Film Festival. USA Film Festival. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  10. ^ "2016 Audience Awards". Woods Hole Film Festival. Woods Hole Film Festival. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Oscar Nominations 2017: See the Full List". Vanity Fair. January 24, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "Oscar Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. February 27, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  13. ^ James Dyer (7 February 2017). "2017 Three Empire Awards Nominations Announced". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  14. ^ "2017 Award Winners". Reel Shorts Film Festival. Reel Shorts Film Festival. Retrieved 8 September 2017.

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