Here is a video from a few weeks ago of the duo accepting a Student Academy Award, and below, dressed up as their characters from the film：
It took about a year to complete the film from the story development until it was rendered and done. The film is mostly done in 3D. The program at Ringling focuses on 3D computer animation, and the course of study take you through all the stages of production, from the story and design stages, through Modeling, Animation and Lighting. In the first two years we take course in traditional hand drawn animation, and when we got to work on our film, we knew we wanted to incorporate that in some sort of way. The Detective’s dream sequences were a perfect opportunity to use a different technique that will take the viewers through a unique experience.
We weren’t very familiar with this style of storytelling and cinema, and had to do a lot of research. Learning more about the world in which the film takes place was one of the most fun stages of production. We collected a lot of picture reference of old apartments in France and studied different kinds of furniture and appliances that were used during that time. We watched a lot of film noir movies and were inspired by the tone and style of detective films. Once you immerse yourself in a certain world you start recognizing new references that relate to it everywhere. For instance we started to see detective images and caricatures everywhere even when we weren’t looking.
▼作品的音樂是由Raphael Beau所製作，他做過電影異想奇謀的配樂（此片導演就是《艾蜜莉的異想世界》的尚皮耶居內），我們非常喜歡他的作品，並且寄給他一份作品的初期版本，很幸運地，他覺得這作品很有潛力，並同意幫我們譜曲。超爽的啦！最後的成品也真的很屌！從他寄給我們的第一個版本裡聽得出來，我們擁有相同頻率，也感受得到這對他來說是份愉快的工作。音效部分是由Clement Maleo製作（在法國動畫學校Gobelins裡工作，Burning Safari）。最終成品非常棒，他很講究細節，也確實帶給觀眾身歷其境的感覺。
The Music for the film was composed by Raphael Beau, who wrote the music for Micmacs (directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who also directed Amelie). We really loved his work and sent him a version of our film in very early stage. Luckily he saw the potential in it and agreed to write music for us. We were extremely happy and he did such a fantastic job. From the very first draft he sent us it was clear that we are on the same wavelength, and it was pleasure working with him. The sound design was done by Clement Maleo (who worked on Gobelins, l’école de l’image film, Burning Safari) and he was also great to work with. He was very particular about every little nuance in the film and really brought it to life through sound.
It was a fantastic experience to work on this film. Animation is such a long and tedious process sometimes and it’s a really unique feeling to see how it all came together at the end. Even though it was hard to see the film through fresh eyes because we watched it so many times, we still loved watching and working on the film even until the very end. We really enjoyed working together and we hope to collaborate on more projects in the future.
＊同樣也是來自Ringling學校的作品：【The Monk and The Monkey - 幕後製作】