Official Selection 2013 / Nominated For Best Animated Film
A pilot, marooned on a strange planet, is on a journey to find his crashed space ship. On his way, his physical and mental capabilities are put to the test within this alien environment.
Director: Nicholas Carpenter, Michael Harding, Jaydeep Hasrajani, Leonard Hung, Carlos Nunez, and Alvyn Villanueva
Producer: Nicholas Carpenter, Michael Harding, Jaydeep Hasrajani, Leonard Hung, Carlos Nunez, and Alvyn Villanueva
Writer: Nicholas Carpenter, Michael Harding, Jaydeep Hasrajani, Leonard Hung, Carlos Nunez, and Alvyn Villanueva
‘The Pod is a short animated film created by Bronto House Animation. Bronto House is a creative team comprised of seven students from San Jose State University’s Animation and Illustration program, (Jaydeep Hasrajani, Alvyn Villanueva, Michael Harding, Nicholas Carpenter, Carlos Nunez, and Leonard Hung). During the summer of 2011, these seven students sought out to create a short film in by the end of the year. It was important to them that they were involved in every aspect of the filmmaking process to make a film that each member could take ownership and experience away from the project.
The Pod was created in roughly 5 month (from July 2011 to December 2011). The journey was extremely challenging due to the fact that the film was created alongside an arduous semester of school. The filmmakers had to develop many techniques to handle the intense deadlines and a medium that was entirely new to them (Flash animation). In the end, Bronto House Animation succeeded and wrapped up production on The Pod in December 2011. They are now busy submitting the film in festivals while also working on a brand new animation project that is set to be released in May 2012.’
Bronto House Animation
Bronto House Animation is an ambitious and hard-working student-ran team from San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration Program. Formed in early 2009, Bronto House has been involved with a range of creative projects. The team consists of 6 members (Nicholas Carpenter, Michael Harding, Jaydeep Hasrajani, Leonard Hung, Carlos Nunez, and Alvyn Villanueva) that believe in a “No Ego” creative and collaborative group environment. Bronto House broke into the independent animation scene with their late-2011 release of “The Pod.” A day after “The Pod” was wrapped-up and screened at SJSU they set off on their second project, “Mediatic.” Both films were completed alongside a full course-load and are currently in the festival circuit.
“An interesting concept and lovely animation.” – Sarah Godfrey
“Great soundtrack and good use of perspective. Real very impressed.” – Steve Furst
“Looks beautiful. Such a deliberately limited pallette gave it a yearning quality which helped draw you into the love story.” – Tim McInnerny
“A visual and style treat.” – Jon Harris
“Very original illustration, had me on the edge of my seat.” – Olivia Coleman