A. Quinton — Jul. 19th 2015
Kelsey Canaga, aÂ fourth-year student at DigiPen, recently posted herÂ senior short film “Steak to the Heart“. It’s beautiful, funny, romantic, bloody, and it made myÂ extremely short list “vampires who are okay” grow by one.
Presentingâ€¦ Steak to the Heart! A senior short film concerning Olive the werewolf and Trevor the vampire dealing with their quirks on a first date. Created by some stupendous monsters at DigiPen Institute of Technology. BONE APPETIT!
For a look at the film’s development,Â check out theÂ ‘steak to the heart‘ tag on Kelsey’sÂ Tumblr.Â One postÂ I found especially interesting datesÂ from September, and concerns the evolution of Olive’s design.
She started out very monstrous, shifted to more of a toy dog, lengthened and bulked out, slimmed and softened, and finally sheâ€™s shaping up as a fluffy and friendly gal who comes on a bit strong. Iâ€™m much more pleased with her now so Iâ€™m excited to see where she goes.
Important reminder to self:Â your first draft is not perfect so don’t get attached to it
I thought I was hot shit because in 2001 I spent four monthsÂ making a two-minute stop-motion short with five other peopleÂ (Group Six forever!), but Kelsey and her crew spentÂ almost aÂ year on Steak to the Heart. That dedication shows, and while I’m no film judge or animation expert, I award Kelsey full marks, especially for the great character design and making me like a vampire.