Agoraphobic

An agoraphobic little man tries to escape from the crowd of the subway, and finally finds himself in an even more blocked street! The only exit would be to cross the roadway...

  • Pont
    Director
    Disco Toccata
  • Lars Fenger
    Producer
  • Stephan Aube
    Key Cast
  • Marc-Andre Dalbavie
    Music
    flute concerto
  • Emmanuel Pahud, flute
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Animation
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 20, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Pont

Grégoire Pont has a passion for classical Music and directs films and arts about music in order to bring young audience to love it.
He was born in Paris in 1969. A precocious artistic talent, from the tender age of eight he attended the Animation Workshop in Paris where he studied Norman McLaren's techniques of animation dynamics.
He graduated from the Met de Penninghen school of Graphic Arts (ESAG) in 1992 and shortly thereafter directed his first animated film Le concerto du chat, with abstract drawings painted on glass or drawn directly on the film. This two-minute movie depicted shapes dancing to the sounds of the instruments in an orchestral rehearsal and was recorded with the Orchestre de Paris in Salle Pleyel.
He directed the animation of Presto, a successful televison short series about Classical Music for France 2, during 3 years.
He is managed by Maestro Arts, an internationnal management company, and developps shows in which he draws and animates live during classical music concerts ( Paris Philharmonie, Sweeden, Freiburg, London, Tokyo...)
He has directed lately 2 short animated films: Disco Toccata on a music by Guillaume Connesson and Agoraphobic on the Flute concerto by Marc-Andre Dalbavie

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Director Statement

I wanted to work on a contemporary piece of classical music.It was great to talk to a living composer !
When i heard the Dalbavie flute concerto for the first time, i've had an impression, a vision of a crowd rushing, people running in subway corridors.
The main caracter is a little man, very small, lost in this crowd, with a big face to provide many facial expressions. He is something between 'The cat that hated people' by Tex Avery and Snoops in 'The rescuers' !
My goal was to write an animation perfectly synchronised on the music, to fit the music as if the music had been written for the film. It's a great pleasure to build a scenario on a Music. I had Fantasia's 'Rhapsody in Blue' in mind and wanted to reach this perfection.