In her short film Hound, animator and illustrator Georgia Kriss gives dog-lovers something to smile about through funny and surreal vignettes of our beloved canine pals.
The short, made for Kriss’ graduation film at RMIT University in Melbourne, features several tales focusing on, well, we don’t know really. There’s no clear narrative, no clear message or theme.
But that’s what makes it all the more beautiful and entertaining.
The film, instead, hinges on bizarre animation and the delight dogs give us when you put them in any kind of situation. It feels like watching a comedy sketch show, albeit with canines as the stars.
We recently interviewed Georgia Kriss to know more about Hound.
What was the inspiration for the short film?
“The inspiration for Hound was a combination of my ridiculous love for our four-legged friends and my realisation of the sad reality of why they are here in the first place. But really I just wanted to spend six months of my life drawing messed up looking dogs.”
We absolutely love your animation style! How would you describe it?
“I’m not really sure how I’d describe my style, I feel as though it’s still evolving and changing as I get older, experience new things and practice more. For now, I’d call it a playful, colourful, creepy mess of stupid animals and peeps.”
‘Hound’ is composed of short vignettes rather than one entire storyline. What was the narrative you were trying to tell? And are these stories trying to tell the viewers something?
“I wasn’t completely worried about a clear narrative whilst creating Hound, I like it when a film can allow an audience to have various views on the topic in question.
“However, in my own mind, the vignettes are linked through time from the beginning of the dog, when wolves started to become dependent on humans, to a more modern time where they have been selectively bred to the extreme.
“Some of the vignettes have meaning, some are just for fun, but they are all linked in one way or another. I’ll leave it up to the audience to decide which are which.”
Each scene and character is surreal, to say the least. What was your creative process while developing the film?
“My creative process was lots and lots of sketching. I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted from Hound, so mostly it was just a matter of getting the ideas for each dog down then making sure it fitted within the storyboard and animatic. But yes, drawing, drawing, drawing.”
Lastly, what are you working on next? Any plans to make a sequel, but with cats?
“I’m currently on a big backpacking trip around Europe, so taking an animation break. But I’ll be working on my next short film when I get back to Australia, though sadly it is not about cats but axolotls. Look out for it all the same!”
You can find out more about Georgia Kriss and her work here.