Nassos Vakalis is an Emmy award winning animator, storyboard artist (currently at Dreamworks in Glendale) and animation director. He was born and raised in Athens, Greece and studied animation at the Cal Arts.
'Dinner For Few' is Vakalis' 10-minute CG-animated film depicting "a sociopolitical allegory of our society".
During dinner the system is working like a well-oiled machine. It constantly and solely feeds the few that foolishly consume all the resources, while the rest survive on what little falls off the table. Inevitably, when the supply is depleted, the struggle for what's left leads to a catastrophic change. Sadly, the offspring of this profound transition turns out to be not a sign of hope but the spitting image of the parents.
The film employs a non-traditional CG look. It uses flat graphic colors with dark outlines and hard shadows. This stylistic approach is more relevant to the theme of the story and is reminiscent to the hand-drawn two-dimensional animation style in comparison to the photo-realistic renderings in contemporary CG animations. The film's finale includes a bloodshed sequence animated in a cutout graphic approach using only red and black silhouettes.
The animation was produced in the United States and Greece with the technical and artistic collaboration of Eva Vomhoff from Germany. The film was produced and funded by Nassos Vakalis and his wife Katerina Stergiopoulou. The original music was composed by Kostas Christides and performed by the Bratislava Symphonic Orchestra.
The short film is currently making the festival rounds - here is the trailer: