Theckathil & the Gnomes

Theckathil & the Gnomes is an amusing short film that uses a mixture of live-action and 3D animation to tell a quirky and fun tale about a man whose unsuccessful and mundane career choices are remedied by his cat.

  • Jake Kent
    Director
    Cockroach Heaven
  • Jake Kent
    Writer
  • Jake Kent
    Producer
    Cockroach Heaven
  • Carl Alacchi
    Key Cast
  • Noel Burton
    Key Cast
  • Jake Kent
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 21, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    42,753 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    XD-CAM
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Athens ANIMFEST - International Animation Festival
    Athens, Greece
    March 26, 2015
    European Premiere
  • Thessaloniki Animation Festival
    Thessaloniki, Greece
    October 25, 2015
  • Big As Texas Short Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    December 13, 2015
    USA Premiere
  • Artfools International Film Festival
    Larissa
    Greece
    February 17, 2015
  • NSI Online Short Film Festival
    Winnipeg
    Canada
    January 15, 2018
Director Biography - Jake Kent

Jake Kent is Producer, Writer, Director, and Animator of Theckathil & the Gnomes, an amusing short film that uses a mixture of live-action and 3D animation to tell a quirky and fun tale about a man whose unsuccessful and mundane career choices are remedied by his cat.

With Theckatil & the Gnomes, Jake brings to a new level the unique artistic and sarcastic style he first developed in his earlier short films, Cockroach Heaven (Fantasia 2010), and The Argyle (ACTRA shorts 2011).

During Daylight hours Jake Kent creates short docs and animated web series at Heretic Canada Pictures Inc.

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Director Statement

I have always been a sucker for playing with new toys and technology, be it 3D, animation, virtual reality or interactivity.
Theckathil and the Gnomes was a great opportunity to experiment with integrating live actors & animated sets to take a playful look at society, bureaucracy and a modern sense of isolation, projecting my own frustrations and desires through an animated existence of exaggerated characters, in a fairy-tale setting.
A story about finding your place in the world. One man and his cat against the world, but in a polite refined way. A playful approach to a modern sense of isolation in a fantasy world.