Paperman is a short Produced by Kristina Reed.
About Producer Kristina Reed:
I produced a short that is lucky enough to be the one that’s going to run in front of Wreck-It Ralph. And Disney hasn’t put a short in front of a movie in quite a while. We’re really just thrilled that it’s getting the attention it’s getting. I first came to Disney in 2008. I came from DreamWorks. Where I was the head of production. And at the time, we had Princess and the Frog going on, a hand drawn film. And we were working on Tangled, the CG film. And we were having a lot of conversations among the executives why we had separated our hand drawn talent from our CG talent. It was like being in two different businesses and neither business was quite as smooth as we wanted it to be. We asked ourselves Is there some new place we can go visually that– that no studio has gone before? And John Kahrs came forward and pitched this project, Paperman.
Since I had been pounding on the table and saying there’s more. There’s more to this. We’re not thinking about it the right way. Everyone sort of turned to me and said you produce this one. I was thrilled to do it. John Kahrs was reverse commuting, and he was working at Blue Sky, which is out in the suburbs of New York. And everyday he’d be traveling through Grand Central Station as a single guy in his 20’s. And there’d be throngs of people moving through the train stations. And he would be thinking to himself, why am I not having a more happy life? Like, I’m a single guy in New York City. I should be on top of the world. And yet I feel really rather lonely. And every once in a while, he’d make a connection with somebody, eye contact in the station and think is that the girl of my dreams? And then she’d be gone.
It all began with the morning commute. Imagine yourself in a mundane world where you pass by so many people every day and never know who they are. You do your job day in and day out and one day during your morning commute the wind disturbs your normalcy and drives you to do something you would never do. This man met a girl and realized that he didn’t get her information. Then by chance he saw her working across the street from her and does everything to get her attention. The animation is amazing as it’s a combination of CGI with hand drawn brush strokes, making it look so simple and beautiful while actually being complex. It’s kind of like taking you into how simple it can be to meet someone through the world of business that we are so accustomed to.
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‘Paperman’ to put something on the table in that direction, and we’re hoping that Disney and other studios and artists will continue the conversation about how different animation can look. It’s virtually limitless.
“John and I both come from CG backgrounds,” continues Reed. “When we came to Disney, we discovered the power of the line, its expressiveness and what our great 2D line artists can do. It inspired us to think about where could go with this.”
“Paperman” had its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France on June 4, where it received a resounding reception from animators and critics from around the world. It went on to further acclaim with its North American premiere two weeks later at the Los Angeles Film Festival.