The Short Fix #2 - The Reward

Following my first instalment of The Short Fix where the short was a coming of age tale, I thought I would follow it up with something that is along similar lines in the form of an animated short from The Animation Workshop called The Reward.

This nine minute animated short produced in 2013 is written and directed by Mikkel Mainz Elkjaer and Kenneth Ladekjear. It follows the epic journey of two young men (Wilhelm and Vito) who go in search of a treasure marked on a map they found at the same time after a knight drops it accidentally in their small village of Tohan.

With half of the map each they are forced to go on this epic journey together in the hopes of becoming as amazing as the knight who drops the map initially. The two protagonists overcome their differences and eventually learn to work together in pursuit of their goal.

I won’t ruin the entire story but hopefully you’ll watch it and see why I’m recommending this light-hearted short that has hints of a serious nature. The animation style is quite interesting in how simple it is and how well it works together with the complex universe that Mikel and Kenneth have created. There isn’t really any voice acting in this just a series of exclamations from the characters but they effectively convey the meaning they should. Story wise there is a plot twist for what the “reward’ is at the end which I quite liked. For those who might want to know before they watch this animation, it does contain minor gore, mutilation and violence.

I thought this would be an interesting short to introduce to people if they haven’t run across it yet as it is the first in a series that SunCreature Studio has in the works after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The company was started by Mikkel and Kenneth after they finished their education at The Animation Workshop. They started it along with Bo Juhl (another talented director) to focus on the creation of a series called; “Tales of Alethrion”. This series will be based on the universe of The Reward.

The Animation Workshop is part of VIA University College and is Denmark’s leading institution for the education, culture and business of animation. Their Vimeo page is filled with lots of wonderful shorts that you should check out but this is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy it!

The Reward from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

Trevor Price runs the blog TV Trev and can be followed on Twitter as @trevorAKP

Last updated: 06/08/2018 19:08:28

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