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The Domino

Short Film (Full Length) – 1981

This animated short follows a film editor being driven around the bend by the domino effect of various intrusions, which prevent him from getting on with his work. Animator Bob Stenhouse (later Oscar-nominated for The Frog, The Dog and The Devil) dramatises the challenge of maintaining creative focus while facing Kafkaesque bureaucracy, noisy interruptions and form-filling. Aside from exploring the psychology of creativity, the short is also a primer for how productions were edited in the pre-digital age: showing film physically cut and pasted together with a splicer.

...a satirical take on the role of proliferating bureaucracy in thwarting an individual’s ability to get on with the creative work.
– Description of the film on producer Hugh Macdonald's website

Key Cast & Crew

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Bob Stenhouse

Director, Animator

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Hugh Macdonald

Producer

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Kit Rollings

Sound

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Nicki Dennis

Camera

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Steve Robinson

Composer

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Martin Townsend

Original Idea