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9 is a 2009 computer-animated science fantasy survival horror film directed by  Shane Acker and produced by  Tim Burton.

It is based on Acker’s Academy Award-nominated 2005 short film Acker made at UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

‘9’ takes place in a world parallel to our own, in which the very legacy of humanity is threaten. A group of sapient rag dolls, living a post-apocalyptic existence find one of their own, 9 (Elijah Wood), who displays leadership qualities that may help them to survive.

Shane Acker’s short:

Shane Acker studied at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture and originally set a goal of becoming an architect but instead chose a film career.

The short film took Acker four and a half years, on and off, to create. Originally, Acker wanted to make it as stop motion, but then went for CGI when realizing it would have turned out too expensive. He used Maya 1.5–5.5 for 3D modeling, Photoshop for the textures, After Effects for compositing, and Premiere for editing. There are homages to Acker’s influences like Brothers Quay and Pixar placed throughout. Most of it was rendered at 720×540 pixels on a three-computer dual-processor render farm. For distribution at film festivals like Sundance, Rhythm and Hues Studios offered to print the short film to 35mm using their film printer and image resizing techniques. The credits show that beyond Acker, there were five other animators and three other lighters that worked on the film. The music was provided by Eric Olsen and his band the Earganic.

Shane Acker is an inspiration to all artists film makers.


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