THE LAST CIGARETTE ON EARTH:
A Steampunk Adventure
An award winning one minute film or: one man's two-year adventure to stop smoking. For more than half of my life, I was a smoker. Now, I’m not talking about occasional smoking; I’m talking about the real deal, “more-than-a-pack-a-day” type of smoker. Occasional chain smoker.
I got this idea of starting a project, whose progress would walk hand in hand with building up my determination and ability to stop smoking. The deal I made with myself was – finish the project, stop smoking. Sounds good, right? Well, nope.
Since the faiths of both the project and quitting my unhealthy habit were so closely intertwined, I took my sweet time with the project. Because, deep down, I wanted to - I could keep on smoking throughout the whole process, right?
...In the end it took me so long that I simply…stopped smoking first...
Finished the project nonetheless - as a non-smoker!
The rough idea was to create a parallel-future world where flying locomotives and mechanical heli-horses populate the sky, where skyscrapers protrude from the clouds & the moon is a huge garbage dump, kept afloat by steam power. Somewhere in that huge steampunk world a small story begins and ends with the last cigarette on earth. It’s a heist & chase adventure, building up from small to large. And you’re all invited.
With high hopes it inspires someone to stop looking for excuses to keep on smoking, I dedicate this to you, future non-smoker!
BREAKDOWN & PROCESS:
The razor girl heroine and the steampunk world she inhabits didn’t just appear out of nowhere. With the help of free 3d models, which I got from archive3d.net, turbosquid.com and tf3dm.com, I was able to carefully nurture, sculpt and create a world for her to live in. So here’s a short breakdown on how that process happened.
THE LAST CIGARETTE ON EARTH: A Steampunk Adventure has been officially selected to appear at 17 different film and animation festivals already and has also won a couple of them.
Here is a list of festivals it has been screened at:
AZYL Festival at ART FILM FEST KOSICE 2019 (Bratislava, Slovakia) - WINNER, Best 1 Minute Film, KingstOOn Animation Festival 2019 (Kingston, Jamaica) – FINALIST, Best Special Effects, CATHARSIS International Film And Video Festival 2019 (Moscow, Russia) - WINNER, Best Film Up To 120 Seconds, BERLIN Flash Film Festival 2019 (Berlin, Germany) – WINNER, Monthly Category, 1MinuteFilmFestival.com 2019 (Sofia, Bulgaria) – WINNER, Best Animation, CROMINUTE 2019 (Pozega, Croatia) – FINALIST, Top 10, ONE MINUTE Film Festival at GALWAY FILM FLEADH 2019 (Galway, Ireland) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, MARMARIS Short Film Fetival 2019 (Marmaris, Turkey) - OFFICIAL SELECTION, INTERNATIONAL IZMIR Short Film Festival 2019 (Izmir, Turkey) - OFFICIAL SELECTION, MOINHO CINE FEST 2020 (Matosinhos, Portugal) - OFFICIAL SELECTION, FilmONEFest 2019 (New Jersey, USA) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, VIDEO HACKERS Film Festival 2019 (Ovada, Italy) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, 60 SECONDS OR LESS Video Festival 2019 (Chestertown, USA) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, ONE MINUTE STORY Film Festival 2019 (Teaneck, New Jersey, USA) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, NANOMETRI Festival 2019 (Fano, Italy) - OFFICIAL SELECTION, BREAKING WAVES Film Festival 2019 (Long Island, Nova Scotia, Canada) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, THE 60 SECOND Film Festival 2019 (San Francisco, USA) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, ANILOGUE International Animation Festival 2018 (Budapest, Hungary) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, LOBO FEST 2018 (Brasilia, Brazil) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, 8th Annual STEAMPUNK Film Festival 2018 (Portland, USA) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, ANIMATEKA 2018 (Ljubljana, Slovenia) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, Panorama / Non-Competitive, LES SOMMETS DU CINEMA D'ANIMATION 2018 (Montral, Canada) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, MULTIVISION FESTIVAL 2018 (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, FILMINUTE 2018 (Online Festival) – OFFICIAL SELECTION, FEKK 2018 (Ljubljana, Slovenia) – OFFICIAL SELECTION.
“The Last Cigarette On Earth” was animated, rendered & composited in Blackmagic Fusion.
THANK YOU to Nina Marucelj for all the moral support & crazy amount of patience (two+ years worth).