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More (1998 film)

More
Directed by
Produced by Steve Kalafer
Mark Osborne
Music by
Cinematography
Edited by

Production
company

Bad Clams Productions
Swell Productions

Distributed by Flemington Pictures
Film Movement

Release dates

Running time

6 min
Country United States

More is a 1998 short film created by Mark Osborne using stop motion animation. More has won several awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Animated Short Film in 1998.

More tells the story of an inventor who lives in a drab, colorless world. Day by day, he toils away in a harsh, dull, and dehumanizing job, his only savior being the memories of the bliss of childhood. But at night, he works secretly on an invention that could help him relive those memories and spread their joy to everyone in his despair-filled life.

When he finishes the invention, it changes the way people look at the world, but not the world itself. His success changes him, however, because he loses an important part of himself.

Production and publication[edit]

More was written and directed by Mark Osborne, and created by a team that included, among others, Keith and Shannon Lowry, Rick Orner, Nick Peterson, and David Candelaria. Although it was only a 6-minute short, it was, as Osborne put it, an "absolutely massive undertaking"—as it was the first short to be shot using the IMAX format. In addition, it was filmed using stop motion, a much more time-consuming method than live-action filming techniques.

Nameless main character of More

Filming More took nine months, and it was first screened in fall of 1998. While it had a positive critical reception—including an Academy Award nomination—commercial options proved limited once the initial hype died down.

This changed when Osborne uploaded More to iFilm, a service which hosts thousands of short films online. Almost immediately after, More was voted the most popular clip on the site, a position it held for nearly a year. Although More was subsequently included in the Short Cinema Journal #7: Utopia DVD, Osborne was receiving e-mails daily, asking for the short to be released on DVD. One of these was a writer from Despair, Inc., complimenting him on his work, which led to an offer for Despair to fund DVD production and to sell DVDs on their website. The DVD thus created included two commentaries and an hour-long documentary on the creation of More. The film was also released on disk in the second issue of .

More was featured on the Sci-Fi Channel series .

Soundtrack[edit]

The song featured as background music is titled "Elegia". It was recorded by the band New Order on the 1985 album .

A music video also featured More to the song of "Hell Bent" by Kenna which was aired on MTV2 and the Toonami block on Cartoon Network in 2001.

More was awarded the following honors:

  • ResFest – Audience Award for Best Film, Grand Audience Prize for Best Film
  • Aspen Shorts Fest - Special Jury prize
  • World Fest Houston - Gold / Special Jury Prize for Shorts
  • USA Film Festival - Dallas - Grand Jury Prize for Shorts
  • Toronto International Short Film Fest - Best Animated Short, Best Short Overall
  • Stony Brook Film Fest - Best Short Film
  • International Film Festival - Russia – Best International Debut Film
  • PhilaFilm - Philadelphia – Best Animated Short
  • St. Louis International Film Festival - Best Short Film
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival/Sweden - Audience Award for Best Film
  • San Francisco Indie Fest – Audience Award

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