They Built the Widened Coral Reef

Play the spirit of a deceased lead singer trying to get your jazz-band back together

Status: Completed / Year: 2019 / Genre: 2-channel Video Installation / Technique: Digital
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In ‘They built the widened coral reef’, different characters each exist in their own closed set, moving through a straight line, and even the foreground and background appear to slip past each other like parallel narratives. For example, one scene shows a restaurant owner accompanying the house pianist through a seemingly infinite industrial kitchen where chefs cut and chop, sending vegetables flying. Only when something disruptive enters the narrative, like a parasite, does disorientation arise.

Artist: Mark Tholander
Script: Mark Tholander
Voices: Kevin J. Bond, Janlyn Williams, Aundrea Sayrie, Joe Wilson Kolb
Camera: Mark Tholander
Animation of filmed footage: Mark Tholander
CGI: Lars Hemmingsen, Elisabet Hau, Midtjysk 3D Service
Vector animation (tiger): Sophia Ioannou Gjerding
Hand-drawn animation (tiger): Mark Tholander
Karaoke animation: Sergei Arzumanov
Composition (music): Mark Tholander
Bas: Damjan Kapor, Mitch Cockman
Guitar: David Tobias Bonde Jensen, Nicholas Di Gregorio, Sergei Arzumanov
Drums: Eli Mine, Emiliano Di Fiori
Piano: Mark Tholander
Marimba: Andrew Nittoli
Trumpet: Matt Giélla. Mihai Sorohan
Trombone: Rainers Vestmanis, Miks Jukumsons-Jukumnieks, Victor Fuenmayor
English horn: Jennifer Stucki
Synthesizer: Mark Tholander
Sound editing: William Kudahl

SUPPORTED BY 
The Danish Film Institute, Stugan, Yonderplay, Nippon Nordic, The Animation Workshop, Nordic Game Jam & Arsenalet Game Incubation

AWARDS 
DOCAVIV – Best Short Documentary , VIS- Vienna Shorts – ASIFA Austria Award For The Best Film In The International Competition Animation Avantgarde ,VIS- Vienna Shorts -Audience Award, Athens International Film And Video Festival – Ohio – Animated Short Award, FILMFEST DRESDEN– Golden Horseman International Competition For Best Animated Film , DOK LEIPZIG– Golden Dove Award For Best Animated Film , ANNECY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Jean-Luc Xiberras Award For A First Film, AFI FEST – Grand Jury Award For Best Short Animated Film, ANIMAKOM – BILBAO – Grand Prix, MONSTRA Lisbon Animation Festival – Grand Prix, FOKUS Video Art Festival – Audience Award, GLAS Animation Festival – High Risk Award , MINIMALEN Short Film Festival – Best Nordic Film , ODENSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL- Animation Talent Award , EUROPEAN ANIMATION AWARD – Nominee For Best Director, DAVID Di DONATELLO – Shortlisted , PFA – Piccolo Festival Animazione – Jury Award , Afrodite Shorts – Award For Best Animated Film , London International Animation Festival – Best Of Animation , ANILOGUE – Grand Prix – The Best Of Anilogue , POFF Shorts – Grand Prix, Seattle International Film Festival – Special Mention, Civitanova Film Festival – “Fango E Assami Award”, Rising Of Lusitania – AnimaDoc Film Festival – Special Mention , Cinanima – Special Mention , Manchester Film Festival – Special Mention, Bit Bang Festival – Special Mention , Riga International Film Festival – Special Mention, ANIMOCJE – Special Mention, Bucheon International Animation Festival – Special Distinction Price For Short Film, Primanima World Festival Of First Animation – Best First Film