When Pigs Fly

A pig dreams that he can fly and tries every possible method to make his dream come true, all the while trying to ignore the mocking laughter of the other farm animals. Through his failures, he learns what he needs to do to achieve success. The whole film is synchronized to a recording of “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel.

  • Andreas Peterson
  • Maurice Ravel
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, animation, family
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 11, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Andreas Peterson

Animation has been a life-long obsession for me. I created my first animated cartoon when still a teenager, filming it on Super 8mm film and editing it on a dual-deck VHS editing machine. I continued to create my own animations, gradually learning digital animation tools. Since receiving a degree in animation from Brigham Young University in 2006, I’ve worked for several ad agencies, independent studios, and an online education company, providing animation and illustration services on a full-time and freelance basis. Throughout that time, I also continued creating my own short films, whether intended for film festivals, online video contests, or simply to share on social media. My passion to tell stories and create unique visuals has allowed me to experiment with a wide range of visual styles and subject matter, from Chinese fables to Edgar Allan Poe.

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Director Statement

The creation of this animated film has been a long time coming. I first began to develop the idea in 2001 and kept running into obstacles that made it impossible to complete until now. Over the course of 18 years, I modified story elements and went through several iterations of character designs and art styles. Initially conceived as a hand-drawn, traditionally animated project, I eventually settled on using puppeted cut-out animation in After Effects. Technical advances (such as the Duik Bassel character rigging script) also helped make production manageable. Additionally, there were issues with music rights and delays due to Ravel’s “Bolero” not being in the public domain until a certain date. Much like the pig in the film, I experienced numerous challenges and failures, but I persisted until I was able to make my dream come true.