Odd One Out

Struggling to fit in to a new community a lonely doll goes on a journey of discovery.

A 7 minute family film, shot on a smartphone during lockdown in our home in Sunshine, Melbourne.

  • Andrew Robb
    Director
  • Andrew Robb
    Writer
  • Andrew Robb Films
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Children, Family
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Shooting Format:
    Smartphone
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Sunshine Short Film Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    February 11, 2021
    Australian Premiere
    WINNER BEST FILM (Lockdown Category)
  • Mobile Film Festival

    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    December 15, 2020
    European Premiere
    WINNER - Most Original Idea
  • Capricorn Film Festival

    Australia
    November 5, 2020
    Australian Premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival
    Dhaka
    Bangladesh
    February 25, 2021
    Bangladesh Premiere
  • Dublin Smartphone Film Festival
    Dubline
    Ireland
    February 4, 2021
    Irish Premiere
  • Reel 2 Real Film Festival for Youth
    Vancouver
    Canada
    April 22, 2021
    Canadian Premiere
  • Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    June 5, 2021
    Special Jury Mention
  • Perfect Light Film Festival
    Broken Hill
    Australia
    March 27, 2021
  • Cinephone Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Winner BEST ANIMATION
  • Joy House Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
  • Big D Phone Fest
    Dallas
    United States
  • Canberra Short Film Festival
    Canberra
    Australia
    Winner BEST DIRECTOR
  • People of Passion International Film Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
  • National Benalla Film Festival
    Benalla
    Australia
  • African International Smartphone Film Festival
    Lagos
    Nigeria
  • Bass Coast Shorts
    Wonthaggi
    Australia
  • SF3
    Sydney
    Australia
    Winner BEST FILM, Co-Winner BEST EDITING
  • Show Us Your Shorts
    Warburton
    Australia
    June 19, 2022
    Winner EXCELLENCE IN ANIMATION
  • Cambodia International Film Festival
    Phnom Penh
    Cambodia
  • Australian Short Film Today 2022
    St. Tropez, Paris, Austin, New York
  • Port Shorts
    Port Douglas
    Australia
    October 14, 2022
Director Biography - Andrew Robb

Andrew is an award winning short film maker based in Sunshine, Melbourne Australia. He is known for "TOFU MAN" (vimeo.com/98601873) and "MY GHOUL" (vimeo.com/292528734).

FILMOGRAPHY:
Karl Heinz
(3 min, comedy, 2022)
A grumpy driver installs a technical upgrade in his old car with unexpected results.

Odd One Out
(7 min, family, comedy, puppetry animation, 2020)
Struggling to fit in to a new community a lonely doll goes on a journey of discovery.
Shot on a phone in lockdown at our home in Sunshine Melbourne.

My Ghoul
(5 mins, comedy horror, 2018)
Fed up with standing in corners waiting to scare people, a lonely ghoul decides to leave her desolate damp mansion and go searching suburbia for a man.

Tofu Man
(5 mins, documentary, 2013)
Tofu Man is an unexpectedly candid portrait of Duc Nga, a former Vietnamese refugee who came to Australia, seeking a better life after being orphaned at fourteen years of age. Weaving Duc's story with his tofu making business makes for a film of surprising poignancy.

Ninja Knitters
(5 mins, documentary, 2019)
A group of determined women give a lonely superhero some style.

Dog Fruit
(4 mins, comedy, 2019)
Stepping into a very sticky situation, eco-warrior Mrs Ticklebottom faces her toughest challenge yet, dealing with dog poo on the streets.

Millennium Man
(5 mins, documentary, 2015)
A short documentary about the odd but iconic statue that once stood in a car park in Sunshine, west Melbourne.

Man Cave
(5 mins, comedy, horror, 2018)
Pete has locked himself in his shed, thinking he might be a werewolf. Luckily he has his phone.

Dinner with Donna
(5 mins, comedy, 2016)
When Bob meets Donna for dinner he is hoping for romance but Donna has something entirely different in mind. A twisted tale of bad science, bad food and a very bad possum.

Creek
(5 mins, drama/horror 2013)
Walking along a lonely creek, a nervous woman falls prey to her imagination.

Leave Me Alone
(7 mins, comedy, 2004)
Sam escapes to a tranquil Australian beach seeking solitude, lazy sunshine and the soothing hush of the ocean. However, it's not long before his estranged girlfriend left far behind in England tries to track him down.

Noel's Goal
(5 mins, comedy web-series pilot, 2010)
A hapless Australian backpacker zigzags around London on a quest to find the father he's never met.

Vegemite-Marmite Taste Test
(3 mins, comedy, 2007)
A short promotional video for The Vegemite Tales stage play in London's West End 2007.

Cook Book
(7 mins, comedy, 2011)
A no-dialogue comedy about a hapless bachelor trying to cook the perfect meal.

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Director Statement

*** Be sure to also watch the "Behind The Scenes video (link in the "News & Reviews section" on FilmFreeway) ***

This film was an unexpected benefit of our Covid19 lockdown here in Melbourne Australia.

I loved the challenge of creating something not only within the boundaries of our home, but also shot entirely on the mantlepiece. Because of the tight spaces, odd angles and limited shooting times (the room is also our main living and TV room!), it was the perfect opportunity to shoot on my smartphone.

I'd been playing around with our collection of Russian nesting dolls for a while and thinking about how I could use them to tell a story building on the themes of social exclusion, discrimination, “otherness” and even gender stereotyping.

One of the biggest challenges was making the dolls move. I wanted to use realistic real-time movement rather than stop-motion. I made most of the film on my own, so I had to come up with a number of mechanical ways to assist the movement. I shot the multi-movement scenes by assembling a number of composite parts.

Another challenge was finding ways to give the lead doll a personality, given its expression was almost completely fixed, and it did not have any limbs with which to help show emotion. I found that varying camera angles and the soundscape really helped.

I built the score using a series of compositions from New York composer Kevin MacLeod. I was able to use individual instrument tracks to tailor the tracks as needed and also help build tension or comic effect.

Despite the limitations due to shooting by myself in lockdown, on a smartphone, I am very happy with the final film.

I hope ODD ONE OUT will be appreciated by audiences of all ages.