“But of time, I have none
left.” This is the closing line in the trailer for The Alchemist’s Letter, Carlos
Andre Stevens newest animated short film. This charismatic piece is set to premiere
later this spring during the 2015 festival season. The Alchemist’s Letter
features the voices of Academy Award Nominee John Hurt and the young and
talented Eloise Webb. Who can also be seen in Disney’s Live Action version of
Cinderella, premiering next week, as young Ella.
This short film is the story of Veridian, an estranged
son who receives an inheritance from his late alchemist father Nicolas (Hurt).
His father built a boisterous gold making machine powered by his own memories.
The film takes us on a delightfully captivating journey through the vessels of
this machine. We explore and discover the contents of the alchemist’s most
precious memories, all in an attempt to teach his son one last life lesson and
repair his relationship with his daughter (Webb). In hope of his son not
following down his same fateful path.
This animated short was
created by Laika’s former commercial subdivision, Laika/house. Laika is known their
stop-motion animation. They have enchanted us for years with their films such
as The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline. Although this was the last film created at Laika/house’s Pettygrove animation facility, we can say that these artists certainly saved the best for last.
Stevens was a 2008 student
Academy Award nominee for his short Toumai. He has won many awards for his
commercial work, and currently holds a directorship at HouseSpecial in Portland