Nothing to Say

Enter this zoo where animals live a seemingly harmonious life until the arrival of a small turtle who inadvertently challenges the status quo and reveals it is not such a happy place after all. A story about the dangers of ignorance in a closed society and the need for tolerance in a multicultural world.

  • Aubry Mintz
    The Mummy, Final Fantasy (The Spirits Within), Airship Dracula
  • Aubry Mintz
  • Aubry Mintz, Mark Jones, Billie Mintz
  • Danny Aiello
    Key Cast
    "All Voice Over "
    Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing,
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Suspense, Drama, Animation
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 29, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    120,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, United States
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Director Biography - Aubry Mintz

Aubry Mintz has worked as a feature animator at George Lucas’s world renown/award winning VFX house Industrial Light and Magic and also for Japanese front runner game studio Square USA. Mintz is an award winning freelance animation director for television and the Internet working on projects for clients such as Smirnoff, McDonalds, MuchMusic, General Mills and the Canadian rock band Rush.

He produced the animated pilot "Airship Dracula" for Rides TV with the Canadian rock group The Sadies and Juno winning animation director Michael Roberts, and Mintz is currently directing a short animated film that is narrated by celebrity Danny Aiello and co-produced by the Oscar award winning Seneca Institute in Canada.

Mintz is also co-author for the Focal Press book “Ideas for the Animated Short 2nd Edition” and is currently writing a book with co-author Ellen Besen called “Theory of Integrated Storytelling”.

Mintz has presented his storytelling findings at film festivals to packed audiences throughout the US and Canada and frequently does presentations on integrated storytelling, most recently at Disney Feature Animation, CTNX, Blue Sky Animation Studios and DreamWorks Animation. He has also recently appeared as a guest host on TV's Turner Classic Movies (TCM) for a 4-hour program consulting on the animated short films from the National Film Board of Canada.

Passionate about teaching, animating and telling stories, Mintz was Chair of the Animation program at Laguna College of Art and Design (2002-2007) and Head of Animation at CSULB (2008-2018) and is currently a Full Professor and Director of the School of Art at California State University Long Beach.

Mintz is also on the board of Directors for the prestigious non-profit organization ASIFA-Hollywood which is the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA.

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Director Statement

NTS was written, designed, animated and directed by Aubry Mintz (Animator, Professor and Director of the CSULB School of Art) and narrated by actor Danny Aiello. This film uses three disparate animation techniques to tell this story each from a different point of view: ACT 1:hand drawn traditional animation methods for the Zoo world from the Zookeeper’s POV, ACT 2: computer animation for the underwater world from the Turtle’s POV and ACT 3: experimental/multi-media animation to transition between the two worlds shown from the Animal’s POV.