Gumdrop is the latest short film by CalArts alumni Kerry Conran (Film/Video 88), the writer and director of the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Stephen Lawes (Film/Video 94), who last served as creative director for films such as Men in Black 3 and The Avengers.
The six-minute film follows a robot during an audition interview and screen test, with directors Conran and Lawes mixing live-action and CG visual elements to create a compelling character and film.
From Film School Rejects:
This delightful short film makes good use of current CGI to embed a robot named Gumdrop (who’s 27 years old and Bulgarian) into scenes with Charlie Chaplin and Fred Astaire. It’s a keen exercise in visuals, and the main character is a joy to watch, brimming with a kind of sweet enthusiasm and earning bonus points for being a big Buster Keaton fan.
The video below is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Gumdrop: