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Smith & Foulkes “This Way Up”

Nexus directing duo Smith & Foulkes swept the film festival circuit and collected an Oscar nom for best animated short when they unleashed “This Way Up,” their 10-minute, CG slapstick ode to death, hell and dogged father/son perseverance back in 2008.

Now online for the first time, the film’s charm proves timeless with insightful character work, masterful dark-comic timing, sombre atmospheric design and a delightful/definitive vision of the underworld.

Directed by Smith & Foulkes
Written by Smith & Foulkes and Christopher O’Reilly
Produced by Charlotte Bavasso and Christopher O’Reilly
Co-producer Christine Ponzevera
Production Company Nexus Productions Ltd
3D Animatic and Layout
Nicolas Domerego (Supervisor)
Ben Cowell
Simon Landrein
Stuart Doig
Antoine Bourruel

3D Modelling & Texturing
Darren Price (Supervisor)
Michael Greenwood
Vincent Fiere
Ben Bigiel
Alison Bond
Nicolas Domerego
Simon Landrein
Kuba Gryglicki
Benjamin Devaux
Guillaume Julien

Character Set-up and Rigging
Luis San Juan Pallares (Supervisor)
Miguel Garcia Lluch
Michael Greenwood
Rudi Hammad

Background Digital Painting
Adam Willis (Supervisor)
Florian Mounié
Justin Atkinson
Pipeline TD
Luis San Juan Pallares
Storyboard artist
James Husbands
Technical Director
Mark Davies

CG Animators
Reece Millidge
Stuart Doig
Steve Brown
Antoine Bourruel
Mélanie Climent
James Wilson
Mark Davies
Roly Edwards
Dominic Griffiths
Boris Lowinger

Lighting and Rendering
Nicolas Domerego
Simon Landrein
Maelys Faget
Florian Mounié
Jerome Haupert
Ludovik Boden
Guillaume Cassuto
Darren Rolmanis

Visual Effects and Compositing
Fletcher Moules (Supervisor)
Sheldon Gardner
Jerome Haupert
Dylan White
Navid Bagherzadeh
Clayton McDermott
Kwok Fung Lam
Cloth simulations
Lora Jensen
Render assistant
Jens Blank

Sound designer
Andre Jacquemin at Redwood Studios
Re-recording Mixer
Craig Irving at Twickenham Film Studios

Voice over artists
Marc Silk (Son, Granny, Red demon)
Chris Grant (Dad)

Original music by John Greswell and Christopher Taylor
for MPM London
Arrangement by Andy Mellon
Music Consultant
Jonny Trunk
Existing music: Song ‘Happy Weekend’
Sung by Ray Merrell
Composed and written by Jack Fishman and Roy Budd
Published by JHP & Mood Media

Head of Productions
Julia Parfitt
Studio Manager
Theano Kazagli
Production Manager
Jo Bierton
Head of 3D
Ben Cowell

Nexus Productions support Denise Abraham
Matt Archibold
Tim Dillon
Ben Hunt
Ian Mansel-Thomas
Thana Shanmugam
Matt Shepherd
Alice Wigley

Special thanks to Mike Judge, Don Hertzfeldt, Rebecca Moline, Nicolas Schmerkin

A Nexus Production
Made with the support of BBC Films, BBC Comedy & BBC Film Network
for BBC Film Network
Executive Producers Claire Cook and Gerard O’Malley
Creative Head, BBC Comedy Kenton Allen
for BBC Films
Executive Producer Beth Richards
Production Executive Matthew Vizard

with the support of The Animation Show
Co-production : Arcadi
(Action régionale pour la création artistique et la diffusion en Ile de France)

Immediate Byte