DINNER FOR FEW
Drama, Short, 2013
Drama, ,Short English subtitles
16 minutes
 
Director:Nassos Vakalis
Written by:Nassos Vakalis
Produced by:Nassos Vakalis, Katerina Stergiopoulou
Associate Producer:Spiro N. Taraviras
Technical Director:Eva Vomhoff
Music by :Kostas Christides
Animation Team, Lead Artist:Nassos Vakalis
Modeling - Rigging - Animation:Eva Vomhoff
Additional Modeling by:Anton Nazarenko, Maxim Nazarenko
Software Plug-in Developers:Thomas Stocksdale, Eric Winemiller
Music Team, Orchestration by:Kostas Christides, Mark Buys, Jared Banta
Music Performed by:Bratislava Studio Orchestra
Orchestra Conducted by:Vladimir Martinka
Orchestra Recorded by:Martin Roller
Music Preparation by:Mark Buys, Vladimir Martinka
Orchestra Mixed by :Adam Michalak, Sonic Fuel Studios, California USA
ProTools Editing by:Ciaran Hope
Sound Team Sound Design & Mixing:Kostas Fylaktidis, Ioannis Giannakopoulos, Tone Studio Athens Greece
 

“Dinner For Few” is an allegorical depiction of our society. During dinner, “the system” feeds the few who consume all the resources while the rest survive on scraps. Inevitably, the struggle for what remains leads to catastrophic change. The offspring of this transition turns out not to be a sign of hope, but the spitting image of the parents.

“Δείπνο Για Λίγους” Κατά τη διάρκεια του Δείπνου, το σύστημα λειτουργεί σα μία καλωδιωμένη μηχανή. Συνεχώς τροφοδοτεί τους λίγους που ανόητα καταναλώνουν όλους τους πόρους , ενώ άλλοι καταφέρνουν να μαζέψουν ό,τι λιγοστό πέφτει από το τραπέζι. Αναπόφευκτα, όταν οι πόροι εξαντληθούν, όλα οδηγούνται σε μία βίαιη και καταστροφική λύση. Δυστυχώς το γέννημα αυτής της ριζικής και βαθιάς αλλαγής αποδεικνύεται ότι δεν είναι σημάδι ελπίδας, αλλά η φτυστή εικόνα αυτού που το δημιούργησε.

Director’s Statement If you ask me what I hope people will take away from my film I believe is the provoking realization that every system so far created by man inevitably ends with a few eating well, while the rest struggle to survive. This alone, regardless from what political angle is approached is delivering a question on the function any modern political State. Inspired by the economic recession that shook Southern Europe, Dinner for Few depicts a sociopolitical allegory of human society in this endless struggle to survive and evolve.

Biography Nassos Vakalis is an EMMY award winner animator, storyboard artist and animation director. He was born and raised in Athens, Greece and studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts in the USA. He worked as an animator, animation supervisor and storyboard artist for many Animation Studios such as DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros, Paramount, and Sullivan-Bluth and Universal/Illumination. In addition, Nassos has been the main pre-production and storyboard artist for the popular ESPN channel series “Off Mikes” for which he received an EMMY award. Nassos also wrote and directed 130 episodes of the Internet animated series “Crime Time” which reached 25 million views worldwide. In the Greek entertainment business he is known as the co-founder and co-owner of the company Time-Lapse Pictures through which he co-produced with ERT and the Greek Film Center a number of animated projects. Over the years Nassos Vakalis has also produced and directed several internationally awarded short animated films. Today he lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles, USA where he works at the DreamWorks Animation Studios with credits in movies like “The Bee Movie” by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, “Over the Hedge”, “Flushed Away”, “Kung Fu Panda”, “Monsters VS Aliens”, “Puss in Boots”, “Turbo” and many more.

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