HOW YOU DOIN', BOY? VOICEMAILS FROM GRAN'PA
This innovative character-driven hybrid features miniature ‘Gran’pa’ leaving a series of humorous voicemails for his grandson Davy. After several rambling messages go unanswered, Gran’pa leaves a final voicemail expressing his anger and frustration at Davy’s refusal to call, claiming that he has forgotten his poor Gran’pa. Sitting alone defeated, Gran’pa’s phone finally rings, leading to a warm conversation with Davy as the end credits roll.
The show is currently being turned into a webseries called Gran'pa Knows Best! More details forthcoming.
The short is innovative for the following aesthetic approaches:
The voicemails used are actual voicemails left on my phone, which congratulate, scold, and offer words-of-wisdom across a variety of topics ranging from birthdays to trips to Puerto Rico. None of the audio is staged, and no actors used.
The film is shot using 20 different poses of Gran’pa created by a 3D
modelling specialist, 3D printed in polymer resin at 3 inches, and hand
painted using acrylic paint (below). These poses are then inserted into a
human-scale Latino retiree apartment (plastic sofa coverings and
religious Santa Maria candles abound), setting miniature Gran’pa amongst
a larger-than-life backdrop.
The photos below demonstrate how each character is developed from computer conception to physical object.
These figures then become 'mini-actors' which become inserted into human-scale backgrounds. Though the project is off limits to the public, Caballero can provide a private screener link to the full video to interested party. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org