DreamWorks Animation has announced that the official website for its award-winning short film First Flight has gone live at www.firstflightshort.com. Visitors to the site can learn more about the film and its creators, view an exclusive clip and find out what festivals it’s screening at next.
First Flight is a seven-minute CG cartoon from DreamWorks Animation veterans Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson. In the film, a fastidiously organized businessman has his perspective on life forever changed through an unexpected encounter with a tiny fledgling bird. DreamWorks screened its with Over the Hedge in 400 theaters in New York and Los Angeles last May, making it eligible for Oscar consideration this year.
Jefferson and Hood crafted Flight over a period of three years while they worked day jobs on DreamWorks Animation films. After seeing a rough cut, studio execs got behind the production and signed on producer Maryann Garger (production manager on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron) and co-producer by Pilar Flynn (story supervisor on Flushed Away). More than 80 artists from every corner of the studio then jumped on board to lend a hand in between their other projects.
Hood has been working as a professional animator and teacher for more than eight years. He began his career with DreamWorks in 1997 and has worked on such features as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and Shark Tale.
A DreamWorks employee since 1996, Jefferson has lent his animation talents to The Prince of Egypt, The Road the El Dorado, Shrek, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and Shark Tale.
First Flight has played at such festivals as the South by Southwest Music Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and the Seattle Int’l Film Festival. Awards include Best Short Film at Anima Mundi in Rio de Janeiro, Best Animation at the Solstice Film Festival, Favorite Animated Short at the Palm Springs Shorts Fest and Best Short of the Year at Toronto’s Rebelfest. The film is currently playing at the Vancouver Int’l Film Festival and will next be seen at the Chicago Int’l Children’s Film Festival.