Film director, Mathias Poledna won the distinction of representing his country for the 55th, 2013 Venice Biennale. His animated short Imitation of Life can be seen at the Austrian pavilion. The exhibition runs from June 1- November 24.
Mathias worked with Duck Studios in Los Angeles to produce the film. The director's oeuvre mostly pays tribute to 1930's pictures, and accordingly he set out to make an animated short reminiscent of early Disney movies: Snow White, Bambi, and Pinocchio. Mathias assembled a cast of traditional Disney artists, beginning with animation director Tony Bancroft (who also animated 'The Little Bird').
It was important that the background art capture the vintage setting accurately. I had the good fortune to land the opportunity and establish the background painting style. Once there we brought on two phenomenal painters to see the project through, Xiangjuan Jie and Kevin Turcotte.
Following are a couple of examples of my backgrounds as well as digital keys designed to establish mood. Imitation of Life is more of an existential piece set in a historical context.
Update: Imitation of Life can be seen at the Whitney Museum's Dreamlands exhibition from October 28, 2016- February 5, 2017.