Floyd the Android online

I have put my two Floyd the Android shorts online. This is my small homage to classic silent comedians. Floyd has shown in 40 film festivals, including TAAFI, Red Stick, Animation Block Party, and many international children’s film festivals. The shorts won a few awards, including a Special Jury Recognition at the Aspen Shortsfest.

I had intended to make something 1 minute long. I found I needed at the very least a minute and a quarter. The first short, Teleporter, is just one shot, and is more of a quick experiment with the character. I wanted to create a slapsticky character who succeeds. He’s not a loser who just gets knocked around and can’t win. He has a job to do, but he does it either in a foolish way, or just goofs around, and it leads him to trouble. But he sorts things out, and always completes the job and carries on.

My goal has been to create a character who could live beyond one short. So I did another one, this one more complex, but about the same length. He had to maintain the same “get the job done and carry” on story. There is something called the “Keaton Curve”. Referring to Buster Keaton, it is his ability to take a crazy circuitous route from the start, and wind up back where he started. That is what happens here.

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