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Play Date

Play Date is about a little boy named Jack and a little girl named Jill. Jack just wants to be left alone and play as a cowboy riding his horse across the desert. Jill pretends she's a beautiful princess and wants Jack to be her knight in shining armor. Jill pursues the reluctant Jack through several imaginary worlds of make-believe in her effort to win his affections. In the end, the two might just learn to play together after all.

  • Mike Wytrykus
    Director
  • Ray Avid Lebon
    Producer
  • Ron Fleischer
    Producer
  • Sarah Harkey
    Art Direction
  • Gary Daniels
    Animation Supervisor
  • Dante Tumminello
    Sequence Directors
  • Trevor McCandless
    Sequence Directors
  • Jeffrey Roth
    Sequence Directors
  • Spencer McGreal
    Layouts
  • Kelsey Stokes
    CG Environments
  • Max Bjornson
    CG Environments
  • Cat Mitchell
    CG Environments
  • Max Bjornson
    Animation & VFX
  • Troy Fulkerson
    Animation & VFX
  • Brandi Greene
    Animation & VFX
  • Ray Avid Lebon
    Animation & VFX
  • Davis Nguyen
    Animation & VFX
  • Angel Onofre
    Animation & VFX
  • Angelo "Jello" Ramirez
    Animation & VFX
  • John West
    Animation & VFX
  • Joshua Rutkowski
    Musical Score
  • James Weiss
    Sound Supervisor
  • Jacob Solano
    Sound Editors
  • Evelyn Arteaga
    Sound Editors
  • Michael Mattina
    Sound Editors
  • John Cavallino
    Post Production
  • John Kedzie
    Technical Advisor
  • Jim Rohn
    Special Thanks
  • KJ Mathieson
    Special Thanks
  • Cari Callis
    Special Thanks
  • Michael Caplan
    Special Thanks
  • Julian Grant
    Special Thanks
  • Joe Merideth
    Special Thanks
  • Bruce Sheridan
    Special Thanks
  • Diego Trejo, Jr.
    Special Thanks
  • Eric Loff
    Special Thanks
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Western, Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Family, Cartoon
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 5, 2012
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Columbia College Chicago APS Screening
    Chicago, IL
    May 13, 2011
    First Public Screening
  • Columbia College Chicago APS Screening
    Chicago, IL
    December 16, 2011
    First Screening with Orchestral Score
  • Big Screen XVI
    Chicago, IL
    April 26, 2012
    First Screening with Final Sound Mix
  • Chicago Film Critics Awards
    Rosemont, IL
    February 8, 2013
    CFCA Emerging Filmmakers Award
  • Columbia College Chicago APS 10 Year Retrospective
    Chicago, IL
    March 7, 2013
  • Chicago Critics Film Festival
    Rosemont, IL
    April 14, 2013
    Chicago Premiere
  • Wizard World Film Festival - Chicago
    Rosemont, IL
    August 22, 2014
    Best Student Short
  • River City Film Festival
    Ottawa, IL
    March 22, 2015
  • World Animation Celebration
    Culver City, CA
    October 25, 2015
    West Coast Premiere
  • Florida Supercon Geek Film Fest
    Miami Beach
    United States
    July 2, 2016
Director Biography

Mike Wytrykus is a cartoonist and animated filmmaker who has been writing & illustrating the online comic strip Grimstone since 2000. He is also a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where he studied animation production and directed the award winning animated short film Play Date about a little girl pursuing a little boy through imaginary worlds in a game of make-believe. Mike continues to create new comics while also developing concepts for future projects and exploring employment opportunities in the animation industry.

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