Le Building is an animated short film made by a team of 5 french students (Olivier Staphylas, Marco Nguyen, Pierre Perifel, Xavier Ramonede and Rémi Zaarour) from the animation school "the Gobelins" in Paris, France.It was made as an opening short done for the Annecy 2005 international animation festival, so it had to be funny and/or punchy. After developing the story to find an idea all the team members liked and would be happy to work on, they came up with a simple one. A grandmother wants her neighbour to stop singing so loud -- and the main focus of the film ends up being the crazy chain reaction which follows. Its a pleasure to watch.
The movie was completed in 4 and a half months, including screenplay, storyboards and designs. The technique is a mix between traditional 2D, Flash, and 3D animation. With these differing techniques used, the challenge was to blend them so that the audience won't notice it too much. For example the pizza guy, his bike, the bus, and the crane are in 3D. The cat on the pizza guy's head is animated with Flash and the other characters are traditionally animated in 2D.
The film was shot at the Hotel Raphael in Paris, France. The song "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)" by Peter Sarstedt, from the 1969 album of the same name, is featured prominently in the short.
Hotel Chevalier attracted some attention for containing Natalie Portman's first nude scene, despite her previous insistence that she would never shoot one.
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Collection of the early student and commissioned film work of American filmmaker David Lynch. As such, the collection does not include Lynch's later short work, which are listed in the filmography.