Telly is magnificent film that makes the most out of every frame with a beautiful story of a father and his daughter and the impact of a television. – Chris Garcia, Cinequest Animated Shorts Program Director via Animation Magazine.
Telly is a 10-minute bedtime horror story written, directed and animated by Evan Mather. Set in 1960s London, the film tells the tale of a young girl whose love of reading – and relationship with her grieving father – is interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious hand-crafted television set. The digital film itself exists in a child’s analog visual universe: cut-out paper textured elements, dangling puppet characters, pop-up books, grainy film, and a scratchy vinyl soundtrack. Its themes of nostalgia, memory and childhood loss are consistent with Mather’s œuvre. Over six years in the making, Telly was conceived, assembled, and completed in Los Angeles, while Juuso Auvinen in Helsinki composed the original musical score. The artwork was generated in Adobe Illustrator, composited in Adobe After Effects, and edited on Final Cut Pro – the hardware for assembly and rendering was a Quad-Core Xeon Mac Pro with 10GB of RAM. (Evan Mather, U.S.A., 2011, 10:26)