On a weekend getaway, a young couple deals with a birth control mishap. Emily Ann Hoffman directs and animates “Nevada,” a meticulously crafted stop-motion relationship drama about partnership and life expectations, as well as more practical concerns, like who pays for the Plan B and/or should they go with a knockoff brand to save $10. Zoe and Eli are in Nevada City, California staying at an Airbnb when their weekend is interrupted by a condom slip up (the “40% Thinner!” condoms were perhaps the wrong choice). As they deal with a backup plan, new thoughts start to creep into the couple’s heads about the theoretical child that could be growing inside Zoe, and the film expands into a quietly sentimental reflection of what if’s. Hoffman improbably achieves a lovely and realistic sense of intimacy and tender-heartedness from acrylic/latex puppets (read our interview with Hoffman about creating life-like movements), combined with the naturalistic voice acting of Chet Siegel and Jonathan Randell Silver, and spot-on attention to detail in the sets, lighting, and in the specificity of the predicament. [Watch on YouTube]. (12 minutes). Written & Directed by Emily Ann Hoffman. Produced by Sean Weiner. Associate Produced by Linhan Zhang & Clifford Miu. Zoe Voiced by Chet Siegel. Eli Voiced by Jonathan Randell Silver. Sexy V.O. by Ronald Alexander Peet. Lighting Designer: Russell Peborde. Animation: Emily Ann Hoffman. Original Score: Ali Helnwein, Daniel McCormick.
For more on the film, read our interview with Emily Ann Hoffman, where she discusses the origins of the project, how she built her animated world, and achieving a realistic relationship with puppets. [NoBudge Members Only - Become One Here]