A Single Life – A Time travelling record


When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life. A Single Life was nominated for the 87th Academy Awards® in 2015 for best animated short film.

Unfortunately Disney won our Oscar. Since then A Single Life has been screened at more than 200 festivals and it has been awarded with 40 prizes.


Παίζοντας με τις διάφορες έννοιες της αγγλικής λέξης single, τα πολυβραβευμένο αυτό κινούμενο σχέδιο του 2014 μας μιλάει για τη μοναδικότητα της ζωής του κάθε ατόμου.

Οι δημιουργοί του, τρεις νεαροί Oλλανδοί, δυο άνδρες και μια γυναίκα, συνέλαβαν την ιδέα της ταινίας στη διάρκεια μιας βραδιάς φοιτητικού μεθυσιού, άλλωστε η πρώτη εικόνα παραπέμπει σε φοιτητικό δωμάτιο.

Το περίγραμμα της ελαφρά θλιμμένης αλλά τόσο αληθινής για τον κάθε άνθρωπο, ιστορίας έχει για πρωταγωνιστές έναν μισοφαγωμένο δίσκο 45 στροφών (single) και ένα μοναχικό κορίτσι, την Πία.

Το 45άρι δισκάκι που μυστηριωδώς παραλαμβάνει στο δωμάτιό της και κάθε πήδημα της βελόνας του πικάπ γίνεται η αφορμή για να ταξιδέψει στη ζωή της, αυτήν που έζησε και αυτήν που θα ζήσει στο μέλλον. Μέχρι το τέλος!



8 comments on “A Single Life – A Time travelling record

    • A Single Life
      by Job – Joris & Marieke they said :

      It was a real challenge to show a whole lifespan in such a short time. We were constantly scraping away frames.

      We wanted to show different parts of our main characters life. But we had little time to show these parts.

      So we wanted them to be as specific and accurate as possible to make sure it would come across exactly right. So we spend a lot of time on the sets. We paid attention to every little detail, from the right wallpaper to the most characteristic chair to the most meaningful painting. We created little backstories for it.

      So when the main character is pregnant she’s a real career woman, she has a good job, she’s wealthy and she has a luxurious apartment. And when she is middle aged she has calmed down and is really into hiking an travelling around the world.

      These stories helped us to dress her living rooms, to choose the right furniture and the paintings and the knick knacks. The knick knacks are behind her on a little shelf on the wall and it’s fun to watch how one knick knack turns into another.

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      • That attention to detail can definitely be appreciated. I thought the pregnancy scene was so adorable! These guys did a really great job on this short cartoon. 😄

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      • A very important part of the film is the song on the vinyl single. It was especially composed and written by Job.

        Job is our composer and musician and he works under the name Happy Camper. When we wrote the script we had in mind Job would only have to compose some short fragments, because we skip through the record. But when he started to work on this he just felt he had to write the whole song, or else it wouldn’t feel like it was one song. But that provided a challenge.

        We tested the idea with a stand-in song and we noticed that skipping through a regular song didn’t always work so well. Sometimes it wasn’t even clear we skipped through it, because we ended up in the second verse or chorus. A regular song just didn’t have enough contrast. So Job’s challenge was to make a song which had enough contrast. And then there was a second challenge to it; each part of the song had to fit with a life stage in the film. So for instance Job used a toy piano in the part of the song where the main character travels to her youth.

        And the third challenge was the song text. We wanted the message of the film to be in the lyrics as well. And because the music was already bound to so many rules, there was not much leeway for the text. But it worked out great, and on its own the song is even doing well on Spotify. We also made a vinyl single of the song, so people can test if they can travel through time themselves.

        For the online release of A Single Life Job made a special remix of the song, which can also be found on Spotify.

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      • I noticed that the music was perfect for the cartoon. I want to believe I heard the singer say to not take life so fast, or something. A lot of thought went into this!

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