Dir: Let Me Feel Your Finger First
3 mins 36 secs, Digital Betacam, stereo
Francis: Will Eaton
Narrator: Gary Mackay
Producer: Animate Projects
Additional Animation: Elroy Simmons
Camera: David Raedeker
Sound Design: Byron Blake
Editor: Todd Downing
FRANCIS is an account of the creation of a 9-year old ‘defective’ animated character. As the draughtsman’s hand goes to work and Francis attains animated consciousness, his behaviour is observed and assessed by a child psychologist. The boy’s responses – initially slow and apparently flawed – develop in unusual comic directions as the examination progresses. As his vocalisations begin to address the nature of his animated world and the psychologist continues to try and interpret his actions, it appears that Francis may ‘break out’ once and for all and become a ‘real’ animated character. In an animated world populated by impressionable idiot figures, mischief-makers and oddballs with strange vocal mannerisms, FRANCIS puts the cute but ‘simple’ cartoon character into therapy for a case study of ‘animated behaviour.’
FRANCIS was broadcast on Animate TV on Channel 4 Television (UK) 2007. It was shortlisted for the Jerwood Moving Image Awards, 2008. The film screened at numerous festivals including Encounters Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Aurora, BilBOlbul International Comic Festival, Bologna, London International Animation Festival, Abandon Normal Devices, Cream Festival Yokohama, Japan, Festival Internacional de Arte em Mídias Móveis em Salvador, Brazil and Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, South Korea.
FRANCIS is featured in Drawing for Animation by Paul Wells & Joanna Quinn.
Francis by Esther Leslie