In her short, entitled ‘Trash Cat’, filmmaker and digital animator Kelsey Goldych shows us how cats are adorable jerks.
Goldych’s senior film at Savannah College of Art and Design tells the story of a cat who loves tipping over trash cans. The plot is simple and short, yet full of relatable characters and situations. It’s the sort of animation that will make you want to see more.
We recently got to talk to Goldych to discuss cats, storytelling, and any possible sequels *crosses fingers*.
What was the inspiration for ‘Trash Cat’?
“‘Trash Cat’ was very much inspired by my cat! She’s a mischievous little monster but I love her a lot.”
You made the short film as your final project at SCAD. How did it feel when it attracted the attention of Vimeo and other media outlets?
“It was unbelievable! I had no clue it was going to get nearly as popular as it did, so I was blown away when it became a Staff Pick (among other honours!). I’m still amazed by its popularity to this day, really.”
We loved how Scuttlebutt came with a bandana. It made the character memorable in a span of a couple of minutes. How do you go about creating great and impactful character design?
“Thanks! He originally had just a plain collar (and was skinny). I thought the bandana looked cuter, but also really wanted something in the design to break up the head and body.
“I also pull a lot from my life and tastes when creating a character. When I was a kid, my dog used to get bandanas from vet visits and I always thought it was a cute pet accessory, so I figured why not put it on Scuttlebutt!”
As for storytelling, what’s your creative process?
“My creative process is all over the place, really. I’m usually a stubborn person and like to think my first idea is my best idea, but Joley, Scuttlebutt, and the whole story of ‘Trash Cat’ changed a number of times before I settled on the final result.
“Most of my ideas stay in my head, versus actually writing them down, and I usually get too excited to work on stuff that I don’t even thumbnail them out! Both of those are habits I want to learn to break, though, because I think it would really benefit me to spend more time on preproduction.
Are you planning on making a sequel or a series on it?
“As for the future of ‘Trash Cat’… I love and cherish it very much, but for now it’s just going to be a standalone thing! I would like to eventually make a short (very short!) little conclusion for Scuttlebutt getting out of the computer, though!”