Sometimes love is all around music. Here's the animation short The Orchestra by Australian animation director Mikey HIll.
Imagine a world where a band of tiny musicians follow you and play a soundtrack for your life – communicating your emotions, fears and hopes. In this world lives elderly Vernon; a lonely man whose crippling shyness causes his orchestral musicians to perform terribly out of tune.
When Vernon and his little band fall for their new next door neighbour and her classical ensemble, they find themselves presented with perhaps their last chance at happiness - a chance to strike a chord and play in harmony. But first they must confront their stage fright.
Here's to prove that love shows no age -even if it takes a whole orchestra to actually perform the feat in this nostalgically tinted film about love and self-acceptance.
About MIkey Hill:
Born sometime in the latter half of the 20th century, Mikey Hill emerged from suburban anonymity to triumphantly pen the cover for his primary school annual publication. Despite occasionally looking sideways, he's never looked back. Several indelible incidents later, Hill passed an animation course and threw himself into the world of independent animation filmmaking.
The Orchestra is Mikey’s third hand animated short film - each more elaborately time-consuming than the last. His two previous films, Norbert (2007) and The Not-So-Great Eugene Green (2009), have screened at festivals near and far, and have garnered several shiny awards.
The Orchestra (2015)
Directed by: Mikey Hill | Written by Mikey Hill, Jennifer Smith | Produced by: Melanie Brunt | Edited by: Mikey Hill | Lead Animators: Andrew Bowler, Mikey Hill, Peter Lowey | Lead Background Artist: Jason Pamment | Original Music Composed by: Jamie Messenger | Sound Design by: Markus Kellow
Production: Feather Films, Screen Australia