Anthony Lucas is set to make a feature film based on his Oscar-nominated animated short, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, according to one of the Ain’t It Cool News (www.aintitcool.com) contributors from Australia. The project has reportedly received a right of fellowship from the Australian Film Commission.
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello is a half-hour film produced using a computer-generated style of silhouette animation, Inspired by the works of authors Edgar Alan Poe and Jules Verne, Lucas’ gothic horror mystery is set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, and tells the story of a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his Plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself.
The film was picked up by Monster Distributes after it won the Grand Prix award at the 2005 Annecy Animation Festival in France. It then became one of the three animated shorts up for the Academy Award that year, losing to John Canemaker’s The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation.