SUMMARY: A disgraced aerial navigator sets out on a voyage to redeem himself.
WHY IT’S HERE: ‘The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello’ is an epic 26 minute sci-fi adventure story in the mould of Edgar Allen Poe and Jules Verne. Beautifully depicted in silhouette, the short follows the crew of an airship in a plague-ridden industrial metropolis. Silhouette animation can be enormously effective if done right and director Anthony Lucas has created some of the most impressively epic silhouetted visuals I’ve ever come across. Although his work immediately recalls Lotte Reiniger and Michel Ocelot, Lucas actually discovered how effective silhouettes can be when a lighting issue on one of his films suddenly turned his figures into shadows, which he immediately adopted as a style. Influenced by steampunk, Lucas’s world is filled with intricate machinery and turning cogs which create a phenomenal backdrop for the action. Lucas’s skills did not go unnoticed and the film bagged an Oscar nomination.